Australia gives nod to Fijian ginger imports


The Australian Government late last month approved Fiji’s request to export fresh ginger into Australia. <!--more-->This is a major development for Fiji’s ginger industry especially because the permission has been granted despite Australia having its own ginger industry, according to Losalini Leweniqila PHAMA (Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program) national market access co-ordinator.

During the ginger refresher training at the Southern Cross Hotel in Suva last month, Leweniqila told local media that Fiji was the first country that Australia had opened its doors to for the import of fresh ginger.

“It’s a big achievement. The process has been a long and uphill battle. A lot of scientific work that went on behind the scenes from both sides – Biosecurity Authority of Fiji and Australia – were under pressure and PHAMA had helped Fiji gain that access to Australia,” she told the Fiji Times.

She said the refresher training was aimed at ginger farmers, biosecurity officials and participants from different sectors, and reminded them of their roles and responsibilities in sustaining the ginger industry.

She said there were two kinds of ginger that the farmers harvested in the country. “One is when we harvest immature ginger – the green ones – and the other harvest is for the matured ginger, which normally occurs from July-August.”