Fiji Vows to In­crease Sup­ply to NZ to Re­verse Trade Deficit

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Fiji’s Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter is fo­cused on re­vers­ing the grow­ing trade im­bal­ance with New Zealand.

Inia Seruiratu high­lighted this while visit­ing Auck­land at a fresh pro­duce fo­rum yes­ter­day.

He said the deficit has grown from an an­nual US$207 mil­lion ( FJ$426.78m) to US$280 mil­lion (FJ$577.29) since 2011.

Mr Seruiratu said the in­crease de­mand for goods in Fiji jus­ti­fies the grow­ing num­ber of im­ports, but he said there was huge po­ten­tial to boost ex­ports to New Zealand.

He said the prob­lem had been farm­ers in Fiji not be­ing able to pro­duce con­sis­tently through­out the year.

“Those peo­ple need food ev­ery­day and we need to be con­sis­tent in our sup­ply lev­els as well,” said Mr Seruiratu. “Vol­ume is another big issue as well, for us to meet the ex­pec­ta­tions we need to pro­duce the vol­umes as well.

“And qual­ity, we need to pro­duce good qual­ity prod­ucts be­cause we are com­pet­ing with other mar­ket ex­porters and sup­pli­ers as well.”

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture, Ru­ral & Mar­itime De­vel­op­ment & Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment.

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