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FIJI TIMES ONLINE Luke Rawalai Thursday, April 18, 2013
A WORKSHOP in progress at the Mua Whole Nut Processing Centre on Taveuni aims to improve the quality of virgin coconut oil.
Training co-ordinator Susana Yalikanacea said the training program was designed to help participants produce the highest quality oil.
"All participants are from across the country and we are hosting participants from the Western and Central divisions," she said.
"The demand from local and overseas markets is great but the quality of the product produced locally needs to have a reputation so that it earns the trust and the money of the market that purchases the produce.
"For instance, some locally-produced oils are being sold at the Flea Market in Suva at the grade one price, which is $7 to $8."
Ms Yalikanacea said the participants have also learnt to use all parts of the coconut.
The Rabi women's representative at the workshop, Terikano Takesau, described it as an eye-opener and a platform to learn new methods of making good use of coconuts.
"This will also enable us to better our marketing opportunities," she said.