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PAFCO Tuna Plant Will Stay In Levuka Fiji, September 18, 13

The Pacific Fisheries Company (PAFCO) has announced that it is willing to spend millions of dollars to export its products overseas, but it will not re-locate its tuna cannery to Viti Levu. Instead the cannery will remain in Levuka Town, Fiji.

Employing 882 people, this year sees PAFCO celebrate its 50th anniversary in production. The company spends around USD 122,000 a month on employee wages and as one of the main employers in the Lomaiviti province; PAFCO has aided the economic growth of the region.
Etuweni Caucau, PAFCO human resources manager said: “There was a thought to relocate PAFCO to Savusavu or Lautoka and that would mean the removal of USD 1.6 million earned from the island and economy of Ovalau. And we thank the government for supporting us – we are still here in Levuka.”
Around 70 percent of the workforce at the tuna plant are women from Ovalau and other islands in the province. Caucau explained that employees at the factory come from almost all of the villages on the island of Ovalau.
“Ninety five percent of the products from PAFCO are conveyed to the US economy, while the remaining five percent is sold locally,” he said.
The Fiji government owns the majority of shares in PAFCO, which is in partnership with the US-based, Bumble Bee Foods.