Lami Kava Pte Ltd has a new, faster way to produce and process kava after its new wash bay and kava grading facility goes into operation.
With the support of Australia and New Zealand under the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Plus (PHAMA Plus) program, Lami Kava built a modern wash bay structure with water treatment facilities and drying machines to enhance the quality of its kava and kava-based products for export markets.
The installation, which was commissioned by Australia’s Minister for International and Pacific Development Zed Seselja, is part of the company’s new green kava processing method that ensures the freshness and quality of the kava is maintained at the farm to the finished product.
âWith the wash bay, our plant’s throughput has increased and normal volumes that initially took up to three days to wash are now completed in three hours,â said Donny Yee, general manager of Lami Kava.
He said the current business model allows Lami Kava to increase its supply base and buy more kava from farmers.
Mr Yee said this is a positive effect for farmers in terms of time saved on harvesting work, which translates into lower farm costs.
âThey (farmers) can now focus more on planting and managing their kava plantations and less on drying kava, while we manage and control the quality issues associated with washing, drying and storing the kava. kava. “
Lami Kava now has the confidence to go further in processing with the installation of new processing facilities for new value-added kava products, supported by its partnership with PHAMA Plus.
PHAMA Plus National Export Market Systems Facilitator (Fiji) Navitalai Tuivuniwai praised Lami Kava for being a positive change actor in Fiji’s kava industry, ensuring more sustainable and better quality kava production .