LAND TENURE BLAMED FOR FIJI MILK SHORTAGE

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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji 1 News, July 1) – Expiring land leases have been cited as the cause of a milk shortage in Fiji.

Rewa Dairy says its production has fallen to about 60 percent of its capacity because of land tenure insecurity.

Some 220 dairy farmers make up the supply chain that feeds these production lines, but with interest waning, mixed trends point to major challenges ahead for Rewa Dairy.

The company currently produces between 11 million and 12 million litres a year, far short of market demand.

To supplement the shortfall in local supply, a New Zealand product has featured prominently on many shelves, making up at least 10 percent of the market.

The recent arrival of New Zealand joint venture Dairy Farms Fiji has offered a glimmer of hope.

July 1, 2005

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