CDP, Fiji Kava trial kava traf­fic

Fiji Sun - - BUSINESS - CDP is 100 per cent Fi­jian owned com­pany. Fiji Kava sam­pling in Tave­uni.

CDP Courier Ser­vices Lim­ited is work­ing with Fiji kava ex­porter, Fiji Kava Lim­ited, to in­crease ef­fi­ciency and sup­ply of no­ble kava.

CDP will trans­port kava sourced di­rectly from farms around Fiji, to de­liver to the com­pany’spro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity on Ovalau.

Un­der the new ar­range­ment, CDP and Fiji Kava are tri­alling a new weekly re­frig­er­ated agri­cul­ture lo­gis­tics ser­vice to trans­port no­ble kava from Vanua Levu, Tave­uni, Koro Is­land and Ka­davu to Fiji Kava’s fa­cil­ity in Levuka, Ovalau.

Agri­cul­ture lo­gis­tics ser­vice

“Right now, there is no ded­i­cated agri­cul­ture lo­gis­tics ser­vice in Fiji with tai­lored trans­port and pric­ing for agri-busi­ness, so we are de­lighted to part­ner with Fiji Kava to trial this new re­frig­er­ated trans­port ser­vice,” said CDP chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Ra­jnil Singh.

“We recog­nise there is huge po­ten­tial to ex­pand our busi­ness in this area, and also scale up the move­ment of kava which is a win-for both the farm­ers from re­mote com­mu­ni­ties and for Fiji Kava.”

The ini­tia­tive is sup­ported by the Aus­tralian-funded Mar­ket De­vel­op­ment Fa­cil­ity (MDF), which is funded by the Aus­tralian Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs (DFAT).

It ad­dresses a ma­jor trans­porta­tion and lo­gis­tics chal­lenge that has long ex­isted within Fiji’s agri­cul­tural sup­ply chain.

Drive ef­fi­cien­cies

Founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Fiji Kava, Zane Yoshida, said: “Fiji Kava sup­port a large net­work of more than 200 lo­cal Fi­jian farm­ers who grow our unique no­ble kava va­ri­eties.

“This re­la­tion­ship with CDP will drive ef­fi­cien­cies across our sup­ply chain given their reach across Fiji and abil­ity to ac­cess re­mote lo­ca­tions from which we source our no­ble kava va­ri­eties.

“The kava trans­porta­tion trial will con­tinue un­til the end of July, 2020, and could open the door to ef­fi­cient re­frig­er­ated trans­port and cold stor­age op­tions for other high-value prod­ucts such as seafood from re­mote and mar­itime regions around Fiji.”

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