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AMA purchases $1.9m worth of produce

06:35 Wed Mar 14, 2018

Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Sainiani Boila

The Agriculture Marketing Authority has purchased $1.9 million worth of produce from rural communities around Fiji from August 2017 to January this year.

Agriculture Minister, Inia Seruiratu says the produce that are being purchased include dalo, cassavo, yaqona, yams, coconuts, fish and honey.

Seruiratu says there are also secondary products which AMA buys and supply to local and overseas markets.

He adds there is an uneven distribution of purchases from various provinces but AMA is doing its best to ensure there is equity in the services it provides to all provinces.

“Let me clarify to this Honorable House that AMA will only go to areas where the other buyers particularly the private sector are not having access to. That is why you would see, the targeted areas in the provinces that I have mention previously. For Naitasiri, we have paid more than $1million; this is particularly for farmers in the highlands of Naitasiri rather than the farmers nearby.”

“Distribution by Province:
AMA paid:
$151,432.00 to 559 farmers and fishermen in Cakaudrove
$84,482.00 to 372 farmers and fishermen in Macuata
$16,778.00 to 15 farmers and fishermen in Bua
$1,200,620.30 to 1088 farmers and fishermen in Naitasiri
$64,858.00 to 86 farmers in Tailevu
$8,738.00 to 11 farmers in Rewa
$12,683.00 to 8 farmers in Serua
$64,360.00 to 137 farmers and fishermen in Ra
$612.90 to a farmer and a fisherman in Lomaiviti”

Seruiratu says there are also negotiations with the Lomaiviti province for the supply of fish, as AMA has started purchasing fish and coconuts from Lau.

Seruiratu adds the AMA is also working to acquire the old Rewa Rice property in Nausori from the Fiji Rice Limited as a collection base.

He adds they are in a process to settle all the paper work this week.

AMA has opened other offices around the country including Savusavu, Taveuni and will soon open a collection center in Dama, Bua.

The Agriculture Marketing Authority employs 106 people and has been allocated $6 million as grant from the government.

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