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Fresh chillies export into Aust gets the nod

Following several months of negotiations and collaborative efforts between the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF), and Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), fresh chillies from Fiji can now be exported to Australia with a valid import permit.

The success of this collaboration was reached through technical negotiations and supported by in-country discussions between the two Pacific family members.

It is underscored by the commitment of Fiji and Australian Governments to fostering strong economic relationships through trade by sustainable agricultural practices and enhancing bilateral trade relations between the two nations.

Nitesh Datt, Chief Plant Protection Officer (CPPO), at BAF said they are delighted to have reached this significant milestone in their collaboration with DAFF.

“This achievement not only opens up new opportunities for trade but also strengthens the cooperation between our two nations on matters relating to biosecurity that underpins market access and preservation of production and ecosystems.

“We look forward to delivering fresh and flavoursome chillies to Australian consumers in the coming months, while contributing to the prosperity of farmers in Fiji.”

Datt also added that for Fiji farmers and exporters to fully capitalise on this opportunity, it’s imperative to engage various market actors and programs to develop market-related support for fresh chillies.

“Collaborative efforts involving government agencies, industry stakeholders, and trade organisations will be crucial in supporting Fiji’s exporters to navigate regulatory requirements, enhance product quality, and maximise the benefits of this newfound market access.”

“By fostering such partnerships, we can ensure sustainable growth and mutual prosperity in our bilateral trade endeavours.”

Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Pacific Biosecurity Partnership Program within the office of Australia’s Chief Plant Protection Officer, Dr Gabrielle Vivian-Smith, expressed her enthusiasm for the export pathway created through collaboration and cooperation between the Governments of Fiji and Australia.

“This collaboration’s market access opens up more opportunities for Fijian exporters,” she said.

“Achieving market access for fresh chillies from Fiji symbolises not just a transaction but a testament to the diligent technical negotiations, the facilitatory spirit, and the commitment to strengthen our Pacific family relationships.”

“It underscores our shared resolve to cooperate and coordinate on critical biosecurity issues, fostering mutual trust and sustainable agricultural partnerships.”

Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports | news@fijilive.com

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