The Policy Management Team from the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) who are currently in Fiji on official business visited yesterday (Thursday 10e November 2022).

Led by the Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Fiji, His Excellency Joseph Ma’ahanua and Minister MRD, the visit was an eye opener and a success.

The Head of the MRD Delegation to the Solomon Islands, the Honorable Minister Duddley Kopu was impressed with the visit and quality control of the poultry processing plant and the scale at which the business operates .

Minister Kopu said the scale at which Crest Chicken operates is inspiring, adding that there are potential areas where Solomon Islands can learn and customize on a smaller scale to begin with.

He added that the visit was an eye opener for the team and that there are takeaways that will certainly be incorporated into the reforms undertaken by the MRD, in particular the Solomon Islands’ first ever Constituency Development Policy ( SICD) that will lead to the reform of constituency developments in our rural areas. areas.

The Hon. Minister Duddley Kopu and SI High Commissioner to Fiji Joseph Ma’ahanua with the mission team ready to enter the Crest Chicken processing plant.

Engagements by Minister Kopu and his delegation to Fiji provide an opportunity to explore opportunities and learn from the challenges and successes of rural development initiatives and models in Fiji, primarily in the productive and resource sectors. and essential services, as Fiji is ahead of the Solomon Islands in terms of rural development.

As the MRD engages in the new SICD policy, the mission is also an opportunity to establish and forge new partnerships with public or private organizations working in similar fields and also to customize other successful best practices of Fiji in the productive and resource sectors to advance rural development. development in the Solomon Islands.

Minister Kopu said Solomon Islands has a large, small-scale poultry industry that needs to be properly coordinated and supported in order to be like Crest Chicken in the future.

The need to establish agricultural cooperatives is very important for the Solomon Islands as a stepping stone towards the development of a real poultry sub-sector.

Minister Kopu further added that access to finance and a whole value chain approach are key to the development of productive and resource sectors.

Meanwhile, the Solomon Islands High Commissioner to the Republic of Fiji, His Excellency Joseph Ma’ahanua, thanked Crest Chicken management for accepting the team’s request to visit their processing facility.

“The Crest brand stands out and you have contributed a lot to the nutrition of the Solomon Islands, especially through your products,” he said.

Solomon Islands High Commissioner to Fiji His Excellency Joseph Ma’ahanua making his brief remarks during the visit.

“Our local production at home is relatively small and we still have a long way to go to reach the scale you are currently working on.”

He said the visit was not just to see and see where the products that end up in Solomon Islands (SI) stores actually come from and the quality control the products go through, but the visit had aims to learn how SI can be able to use best practices and successful models from Fiji for development in rural Solomon Islands.

“So our team’s visit is to see the operations here and learn what’s going on, especially the production processes and information on what can be done about the potential we have to develop a similar business, not to the scale here but at least we’re starting somewhere,” he said.

Meanwhile, the company’s COO, Savenaca Seniloli, thanked the Solomon Islands delegation for their visit.

He said he looks forward to feedback from the visit as he hopes the visit will further strengthen the relationship between the Solomon Islands and Fiji and also create potential new areas of partnership between the two countries in the near future. relating to rural development.

Crest Chicken is Fiji’s most loved and trusted brand of chicken, and is one of Fiji’s food processing companies. Some of the Crest products that are now sold at Bulkshop, Low price Company and Victory stores in Honiara include Crest Chicken, Crest Chicken Sausages, Crest Chicken Hash, Twisties, Tuckers Ice Cream and Crest Eggs, for to name a few.

A delegation from the Solomon Islands visits with Crest Chicken Fiji company officials after a tour inside the processing plant.

The visiting team from the Solomon Islands go through an orientation provided by the Crest Chicken company before visiting the inside of the processing plant.

– MRD press


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