Fiji is a small island nation in the South Pacific with a population of just under 900,000. Although small, one of the country’s main products, Kava, is estimated to be worth 320 million Fijian dollars (about 151.9 million U.S. dollars) for the “economy with domestic sales being valued at 92 percent and exports at 8 percent.” The government is currently playing an active role in supporting micro and small businesses within the industry with plans to continue its strong revenue generation. The government recently invested 21.4 million Fijian dollars (about 10.1 million U.S. dollars), to support 22,145 micro and small entrepreneurs estimated to have impacted the lives of 110,725 Fijians.
For those unaware, “Kava is a traditional drink made from mixing the powdered root of the pepper plant (piper methysticum) with water. In addition more than half of the nation’s 20,000 farms produce Kava making it an important product for the country. The support of the industry from the government is key to the success of many Fijian citizens.
Recently, the Fijian government announced that they will continue to implement the current Micro and Small Business Grants (MSBG) program “under the 2018/2019 financial year with a budget of 6.4 million Fijian dollars (about 3 million U.S. dollars)” moving forward.