Fiji ginger exporter gets quality accreditation
Navua, Fiji-based ginger export company Kaiming Agro Processing, has acquired ISO22000 accreditation, which means that the company’s food safety management system is of an international standard towards ensuring that its products meet high food safety standards.<!--more-->
Assisted by the European Union funded Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) project, the accreditation is expected to increase the company’s competitiveness in the global market. Kaiming Qiu, Managing Director of Kaiming Agro said that the accreditation will help his company comply with the strict international market requirements, especially those imposed by western countries.
“Having ISO22000 certification will give our current buyers and potential customers more confidence in us. It will certainly increase our market share and our profits,” he added.
Kaiming Agro is one of 42 enterprises being supported in the Pacific by the IACT project. This project aims to strengthen the export capacity of Pacific Island countries and territories in the primary industries of agriculture, forestry, aquaculture and livestock.
The IACT project is currently working with four enterprises in Fiji and two in Tonga to achieve Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) systems compliance and accreditation. The Fiji-based enterprises are Bula Island Food Supplies, Maqere Exports Ltd, Popular Kava Ltd and Crab Company (Fiji), while the Tongan companies are Nishi Trading Company Ltd and Jones Trading Ltd.
Kaiming Agro achieved HACCP accreditation in 2012 with assistance from IACT project’s predecessor, the EU-funded Facilitating Agricultural Commodity Trade (FACT) project.