14 Feb 2017

Efforts underway to revive Fiji's ravaged cocoa industry

From , 6:03 am on 14 February 2017

Efforts are underway in Fiji to revive the country's cocoa industry, one year on from Tropical Cyclone Winston.

A European Union-funded project, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, has set up three new cocoa processing units, each of which includes a fermenter and cocoa dryer.

The co-founder of a Fiji-based chocolate company, Tomohito Zukoshi, built the units and says they will provide a consistent A-grade quality cocoa for farmers.

Mr Zukoshi told Amelia Langford that Cyclone Winston took its toll on Fiji's cocoa sector but he remains optimistic.

cocoa tree in Papua New Guinea

Photo: RNZ