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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
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Sunday, October 29, 2006
Posted 6:11 PM by Luigi
Fiji exports breadfruit
Breadfruit export increased by 21 per cent last year compared to 2004 and exporters anticipate more increases with an increase in demand. Statistics from the Agriculture Ministry's quarantine division said 17 tonnes of breadfruit was exported last year, compared to 14 tonnes in 2004.
National Exporters director Sunny Singh said there was a big demand for breadfruit overseas. He said his company exported uto dina to New Zealand and USA at $2.80 to $3 a kilogram. "Uto dina is preferred because of its taste. Farmers should plant breadfruit because of the demand," said Mr Singh.
Director of Mahens Export Anjinesh Kumar said breadfruit export was booming and during fruiting season he aimed to export two tonnes a week to Auckland. Production Manager for Food Processors Fiji Limited Dron Prasad said his company exported canned breadfruit at $47 a carton of 24 cans to NZ, Australia and the US. Farmers who want to supply fresh breadfruit to exporters need to register their farm under the bi-lateral quarantine agreement to meet the export requirements.
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