Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC) has a full schedule of Value Chain Training sessions planned in April and May for five of its Commodity Associations.
This was a “significant” outcome from a FCLC workshop held recently in Suva according to FCLC CEO, Jiu Daunivalu.
Jiu Daunivalu, said that various Commodity Associations had requested these workshops, which are organised by FCLC working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji and the Fiji Development Bank.
“These requests follow the success of the Value Chain Training attended by 70 dalo farmers from the district of Nagone ni Colo, in the upper reaches of Naitisiri the recent Pig Association workshop held at Koronivia Research Station, and Farmers & Stakeholders Workshop at Southern Cross Hotel last month,” said Daunivalu.
“The aim of these workshops is to improve production, farmers’ income and livelihoods for the participants. There is no single formula for all commodities. Each commodity comes with different market situations and chain integration.”
Daunivalu said that FCLC is pleased that five Associations have their Value Chain Workshops confirmed.
“The confirmed Workshops are for the Northern Grazing Livestock Farmers Association, to be held on Taveuni Island, 16th to 18th April; Fiji Dalo Farmers Association, for Muanaweni Dalo Farming Communities in Naitasiri, 23rd April; Fiji Ginger Farmers Association, at the Southern Cross Hotel, Suva, 24th April; the Fiji Beekeepers Association, at Labasa, 26th April, and Fiji Fruits & Vegetables Farmers Association, for 70 West Pineapple farmers, at the Lautoka Waterfront Hotel on 1st May.”
“The value chain analysis has 10 components. These include understanding product-market combinations, value addition, marketing, transactions and price transmissions, and competitive forces, such as the bargaining power of customers and the threat of substitutes,” Daunivalu said.
The 14 Commodity Associations that make up FCLC are Dalo, Beekeepers, Cocoa, Copra, Dairy, Fiji Food Exporters Association, Fruits and Vegetables, Ginger, Grazing Livestock, Organics, Pigs, Rice, Spice, and Yaqona. Of the 60,000 non-sugar farmers in Fiji, 30,000 are registered to the Council.