Busi­ness nor­malises for top Navua crop ex­porter

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Al­most 200 em­ploy­ees of Ben’s Trad­ing Lim­ited have re­turned to work.

Man­ag­ing direc­tor Peni Moi said he al­lowed the staff to re­turn to work to help them earn some money dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.

Ben’s Trad­ing Lim­ited is a Navua based com­pany that ex­ports root crops such as dalo and cas­sava to the over­seas mar­ket.

Since the lock­down was lifted last month for Lau­toka and Suva, em­ploy­ees have reached out to re­turn to work.

“The em­ploy­ees have started work be­cause they too have suf­fered from the lock­down to Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Harold,” he said.

With busi­ness slowly nor­mal­is­ing, Mr Moi had ex­ported 40 tonnes of dalo to New Zealand yes­ter­day. In the pre­vi­ous week, 40 tonnes of dalo was also ex­ported to the United States of Amer­ica. How­ever, Mr Moi ex­pressed his con­cern over the in­crease in freight charges.

He said the quan­tity of his crops to be ex­ported had to be re­duced as freight charges were too high. To ease ex­port op­er­a­tions, Mr Moi hopes that ship­ping com­pa­nies and freight ser­vices have a proper sched­ule in place.

Mr Moi also hoped farm­ers would re­cover from any dam­ages caused from flood­ing dur­ing TC Harold to en­sure a con­sis­tent sup­ply of crops for ex­port­ing.

Ben’s Trad­ing Lim­ited’s main pro­cess­ing plant is lo­cated in Navua.

Photo: Ben’s Trad­ing Lim­ited

Em­ploy­ees of Ben’s Trad­ing Lim­ited have re­turned to work at its Navua based pro­cess­ing plant.

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