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Meeting Will Discuss Revival Of Fiji’s Coconut Industry
Government encourages local replanting initiatives

By Indrani Krishna

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Jan. 24, 2013) – Fiji’s coconut industry will be the key focus of this year’s 49th Asia Pacific Coconut Committee (APCC) meeting scheduled for next week in Nadi.

The meeting will comprise member countries that make up the Asia Pacific Coconut Community including some Pacific Island countries and Asian countries like India, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. During the ‘Plant a Million Coconut Trees’ campaign that was launched yesterday, Ministry of Agriculture’s permanent secretary Ropate Ligairi highlighted the APCC meet that will be held from Monday till Wednesday next week.

Fijian Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama will be the chief guest at the event as Ministry expects a lot of stake holders to be present at the meet. Ligairi said, "The coconut industry has been regarded as global economic importance and we need to capitalize on these initiative to either replant or plant more coconut trees for better returns."

The campaign which will be launched at Yadua village in Nadroga has the site prepared already.

"This tree, [known] as a tree of a thousand uses, is not only of interest to small holders but it also has a global economic importance as a source of oil and numerous industrial products," Ligairi added.

Ligairi confirmed that field officers have been assigned to monitor and encourage the people to plant more coconut trees for our future generation.

The "Plant a million trees program" will continue for the next three years until the initial target is achieved.

Meanwhile, Fiji is one of the 18 member countries of the APCC that would be hosting this year’s meet as the meeting is a ministerial meeting that is held annually.

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