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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Fiji cocoa farms receive recovery assistance from EU

A number of cocoa farms devastated by Tropical Cyclone Winston will benefit from assistance provided by the European Union and Pacific Community in an effort to to boost the productivity of the agricultural sector after the cyclone struck early this year. The assistance is being made possible through the Increasing Agriculture Commodity Trade (IACT) project TC Winston Recovery Action; a FJD4.3 million initiative funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC). The first recipient, Tomohito Zukoshi, co-founder of Fijiana Cocoa and Adi Chocolate brands, has recently received equipment needed to clear cocoa plantations and improve cocoa productivity. The leading speciality chocolate manufacturer in Fiji is keen to develop a high quality supply of cocoa beans and believes that Fiji has the potential to become a regional leader in the cocoa industry. Mr Zukuoshi and his team are assisting over 100 cocoa farmers through training in pruning techniques and post harvest handling, as well as the installation of three fermenter and drying stations for selected cocoa farms in the central and western divisions.

Source: spc.int