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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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Monday, January 03, 2005
Posted 7:35 PM by Luigi
Jackfruit genebank in Fiji
From yesterday's Fiji Times.
Jackfruit has the potential for overseas markets with exports increasing by 41 per cent last year from 2002. According to the Ministry of Agriculture's weekly Market Watch newsletter, 29 tonnes of jackfruit were exported overseas, which was up by 41 per cent from the 17 tonnes exported in 2002.
"Jackfruit which is exported frozen and vacuum packed by exporters has a good potential for overseas markets," said Principal Agriculture Officer Western Kini Namoumou. National Exports Limited in Lautoka which has been exporting jackfruit to the United States is planning to expand their exports to Australia by January next year.
"There is a big demand fro jackfruits in overseas countries and we plan to start exporting to Australia by January," said National Export Limited's director, Sunny Singh.
About 22 farmers from Lautoka and Ba area supply jackfruits to the company, which are then vacuum packed to increase shelf life and maintain quality of the fruit. The Ministry of Agriculture's Research division has been collecting different varieties of jackfruit from various areas ion the country.
"A gene bank has been established with different jackfruit varieties. "This will be further multiplied if there is a need for more jackfruit plants," said Sigatoka Research Station senior technical assistant, Nareshwar Prasad.
According to Market Watch, more tests on fruit quality, shelf life and edibility of these varieties will be done at Sigatoka Research Station.
Jackfruit is adapted to humid tropical and near-tropical climates. The jackfruit is believed indigenous to the rain forests of the Western Ghats of India. It spread early on to other parts of India, southeast Asia, the East Indies and ultimately the Philippines. It is often planted in central and eastern Africa and is fairly popular in Brazil and Surinam.
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