MORE job opportunities are up for grab for those who are involved in the coconut and biodiesel industry.
And the State is keen in further exploring the pros and cons of manufacturing biodiesel from locally-produced coconut oil.
This followed an official visit by Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and members of the national security council to the first-ever biodiesel service station in Lami Town yesterday.
Commodore Bainimarama and his team had a chance to get a first-hand experience of how biodiesel is produced after touring the premises with business tycoon Hari Punja.
The biodiesel service station is part of the Blue Gas Company, a subsidiary of the Punja Group of Companies.
Biodiesel Group (Fiji) Limited managing director Ajay Punja said manufacturing biodiesel locally opened up doors of opportunities for those involved in the coconut industry.
He said that biodiesel had a lot of benefits when compared to petroleum diesel.
"It would be better for the people of Fiji because it will reduce the importation of fuel, it is environmentally friendly and creates employment for those involved in the coconut and biodiesel industries," said Mr Punja.
"Coconut farmers themselves would be paid a reasonable sum because we offer them more than what they used to get previously."
As of yesterday, 300 vehicles were using biodiesel locally which include private vehicles,government vehicles,taxis and even buses.Mr Punja said the company wanted to extend their service all over Fiji
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