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From Fiji Sun (27 January  2022)

Joes Farm: Why We Leased Supermarket

"My wife and I have reached a stage in our lives where money isn't everything," Mr Joe told SunBiz. "We are at an age where we are preparing for the next life. In saying that, we have so much more we have yet to do."

by Frederica Elbourne

Joes Farm Market

P Meghji Trading Pte Ltd will take over from Joes Farm Supermarket from March.

Joes Farm director, Michael Joe, said the decision to lease their supermarket was after much deliberation.

"My wife and I have reached a stage in our lives where money isn't everything," Mr Joe told SunBiz.

"We are at an age where we are preparing for the next life."

"In saying that, we have so much more we have yet to do."

The announcement followed his return from Australia last month, on a trip that he took in March, last year.

He said P Meghji approached him while he was in Australia.

"Our children are doing well in their respective fields in the aviation sector in Australia, where they have settled down," Mr Joe said.

"The decision to lease the supermarket made sense, as it would give me more time to pursue my one true interest – farming."

"I have always wanted to go back to farming."

"Besides, we will still be making money from the lease," he said.

His fruit and vegetable farming will enable him to continue to supply to the local market, including major supermarkets and the hotel industry.

He has been in the supermarket business for 40 years.

Mr Joe said other businesses had made similar bids.

Joes Farm people

International Standards
The new operators are expected to raise the level of service offered at the Upper Ragg Avenue outlet in Tamavua.

"I am confident in their ability to bring about international standards," Mr Joe said.

"I have spoken with the neighbours and customers and they are just as excited."

"Most of them do not want to go into town."

P Meghji
P Meghji Group of Companies executive director, Romit Meghji said a major refurbishment was planned for the store.

The refurbishment is expected to bring about P Meghji's own Fresh Choice store, he said.

"We will have our own bakery and takeaway coffee in the store," Mr Meghji said.

"Our store setup will be the same as our Garden City store."

P Meghji will relocate its Nasese store, he said.

It also opens a new P Meghji store in Savusavu this week.

Other developments within the P Meghji group include:
– Extending the company's Fresh Choice Garden City,

– Opening its fifth Fresh Choice supermarket in Savusavu in December 2022, and

– Opening a P Meghji Drive at through Liquor store in Laucala Beach Estate, in what will be a first for Fiji.

From Fiji Broadcasting Co. (21 January 2022)

RFMF works to complete Rotuma hospital

By Sainiani Boila

Hospital engeineers

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces Engineers Unit advance party personnel departed for Rotuma yesterday to complete work on the Hospital.

Construction on the Rotuma Hospital project will take up to six months to complete.

Once completed, the people of Rotuma will have access to full medical services, also allowing mothers to give birth on the island rather than having to travel to Suva.

The main body along with the Rotuma Hospital sub-contractors are expected to deploy later this month.

The construction began in September 2018, and the first phase has been completed which includes the kitchen and the mortuary.

The total cost of the project stands at $8.3million.

From Henry Enasio [Rotumans on Facebook] (11 January 2022)

Six people at Ahau, Motusa and Savlei have got Coronavirus as of this afternoon and the following appropriate actions been taken.

Effective immediately from today for the island:

  • 1. All church services have been suspended till further notice.
  • 2. All mass gatherings are now restricted to 20 who are supposed to be within the same bubble - no one from outside.
  • 3. All fundraising permits have now been suspended till further notice.
  • 4. Movements and travel from one district to another is now restricted. Only government officials will be allowed to carry out the necessary tasking in regards to this operation. District chiefs will make sure that this is strictly followed. This is to allow our SDMO and his team to carry out necessary testing and tracing within the next few days.
  • 5. SO and his team will enforce the wearing of masks associated with strict penalties in all public places.
  • 6. Check points will be activated by police at both entrances to Ahau from next week.