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Vatuwaga business carves mahogany into furniture

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 24, 2009) - The local mahogany industry will be boosted by the establishment of a local mahogany carving business for furniture making in Vatuwaqa.

Extreme Pacific Furniture formally began late last year with seven local and two expatriate employees with a total investment of FJ$100,000 [US$55,000].

Managing director Manoj Kumar said he was happy that in the next five years he would be able to utilize some of the best local mahogany timber while contributing to the livelihood of mahogany farmers, most of whom were indigenous Fijian.

Mr. Kumar said the business meant that any customer with drawing talent needing a special furniture design could get it from Extreme.

"This is the only company that can do those kinds of things on mahogany and coconut timber whether it is for indoor or outdoor furniture," he said.

Kumar said he chose mahogany because of the local resources which nobody was using.

"Right now people are importing good hard timber from overseas and they have no other options. And for local mahogany owners they don’t have to go overseas to sell their timber," he said.

"Now they can sell it to us as we develop the market further."

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