Monday, September 22, 2008

[PBN] Fiji: Ethanol team tours West

From: Fiji Times - 19/09/2008

CHINESE investors are touring the Western Division to look at the possibility of an ethanol plant.

Fiji's Ambassador to China James Ah Koy and an officer from the Agriculture Ministry are escorting a five-member Chinese delegation around the country to meet stakeholders and assess the potential of a local ethanol plant.

The delegation from the Guanxgi Province is among Chinese investors who have recently shown interest in setting up locally.

Yesterday the team visited sugar mills in the Western Division and will be in the Central Division tomorrow and fly to the Northern Division on Saturday.

The delegation wants to know what resources are available in Fiji and also meet stakeholders in the establishment of an ethanol plant.

The delegation will return to China on Monday.

The visit is a follow up to a tour of China by Viliame Vosarogo, director of Energy, Dr Richard Beyer, permanent secretary for agriculture, Joape Waqabaca and Viliame Yabakivou, chairman of the National Strategic Committee on Bio Fuel.

The Guanxgi Province has several ethanol plants which rely on imported cassava from Vietnam to meet the required tonnage.

Seasonal weather in China hinders the growth of cassava all-year round, while in Fiji the tropical weather provides the ideal environment.

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