Our principal source of crops is our own vertically integrated farm in the town of Navua, close to Suva, Fiji's capital.
We have c.150 (of our 2,000+) acres under cultivation; an expanding out-grower farming network; our own processing, packaging and freezing plant on site; and our import distribution centre in our destination export market.
TUIKAI is developing a new vision for export focused commercial farming in Fiji, and is creating exciting opportunities for small holder Fijian farmers who would otherwise be unable to access export markets.
TUIKAI frozen taro and cassava products are grown on farms on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji. With plentiful rainfall, rich volcanic soil, and a growing process that relies on organic fertilisers and zero pesticide use, TUIKAI snap freezes its produce within 24 hours of harvest, to lock in all the flavour and goodness that you expect from naturally grown Pacific Island food.
Island taro (Colocasia esculenta) and cassava (Manihot esculenta) are staple foods for communities across the Pacific. TUIKAI produces these staples for families with the convenience of re-sealable frozen packaging to suit modern lifestyles.
Taro is a valuable and highly nutritious component of pacific diets, and one of the Worlds's most ancient cultivated crops with cultivation in the Pacific Islands for over 20,000 years.
Every part of the taro plant - the corms (roots), stalks and leaves, are consumed in various dishes and by using different food preparation techniques, typically by roasting, baking or boiling.
Of the 125 species of taro found in Fiji, and the 70 that are commercially grown, TUIKAI crops 3 species only for export - uro ni vonu (purple), maleka dina (green), and black bar (green).
Domesticated relatively recently (c.10,000 years) in South America, cassava was introduced across the World by British, Spanish and Portuguese colonialists, and is the third largest source of food carbohydrates (after rice and maize) in the tropics.
Cassava is a versatile crop that can be cultivated in poor soils and drought stricken regions, and both it's roots and leaves are consumed. It is also used for animal feed and industrial products.
Rich in carbohydrates and starch it is a major staple food in the developing World. TUIKAI exports both white and golden cassava species to its markets.