Demand for ginger

THERE is good demand for processed Fiji ginger in North America and the European Union, says Kaiming Agro Processing Ltd (KAPL) managing director Calvin Qiu.

Mr Qiu, whose company exported crystalised and glazed ginger to the US, Australia, New Zealand, UK and Germany, said Fiji ginger was of very high quality.

“Fiji ginger has very low heavy metal content and no trace of chemical because of our pristine environment and the traditional farming practices used by the local farmers,” he said in a statement.

Despite this positive accolade about the crop, Mr Qiu said there was a short supply of ginger in the country and farmers were urged to continue planting ginger for export.

Mr Qiu said about 300 farmers supplied 1000 tonnes of ginger every year to the company for export, adding majority of those farmers were from Naitasiri, Serua and Namosi.

“We want more farmers from Serua and Namosi to plant ginger because they are close to the factory and have easy market access.

“We will need 1200 tonnes of immature ginger and 400 tonnes of mature ginger this year,” Mr Qiu said.

Source: The Fiji Times Online. Date: April 14, 2015