|Proposed Start Date||August 2017|
|Assignment Location||Suva, Fiji|
Copra Mills Of Fiji Ltd (CMFL) needs your business development skills and expertise to support the diversification of their coconut products.
CMFL is the leading manufacturer of crude coconut oil and copra mill in Fiji. 80% of the production is exported overseas while 20% is sold locally. The by-product of copra is coconut meat which is sold locally. The company’s milling operation is located at Balaga Bay in Savusavu while the management team is based in Walu Bay, Suva. The future plan of CMFL is to diversify into high value products like Virgin Coconut Oil and Refined, Bleached Oil (RBD Oil).
As the volunteer, you will be involved in providing support and guidance for research and development of new coconut products, identifying new markets for these products and linking the company to these potential markets. You will share your technical skills in product planning and marketing while providing relevant training and mentoring to staff. You will also assist in compiling an analysed report on the findings for management to review.
Through this assignment, you will contribute to product diversification which will allow increased trade between the company and the coconut farming community. The farmers will ultimately get a better return for their produce and the long term sustainability of the Coconut industry in Fiji will be strengthened.