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Friday, February 23, 2007
Posted 5:33 AM by Luigi
Breadfruit in high demand locally and overseas
From the Fiji Times, (Friday, February 23, 2007).
Fiji's breadfruit is in high demand, both in local and overseas markets locally, says local businessman Surendra Kumar.
The Agriculture Ministry's Quarantine Division revealed that close to six tonnes of breadfruit was exported overseas last year.
Mr Kumar, the director of Mahen's Export, said there was a very strong demand overseas for quality breadfruit.
He said the taste and quality of Fiji breadfruit was highly preferred in overseas markets.
Mr Kumar said Fiji's tropical climate gave the fruit its best quality and taste.
"Estimated export for this year is around six to seven tonnes,"he said.
Mahen's Export buys the fruit at $1 a kilogram at the farm gate and exports at $1.80-$2 a kilogram.
Quality Controller of Food Processors (Fiji) Ltd representative, Sangeeta Prasad, said they faced a shortage of breadfruit due to the increase in demand for canned breadfruit overseas.
Ms Prasad said they needed one to two tonnes of breadfruit a day for processing.
FPL supplies canned breadfruit to Australia New Zealand and Canada.
Farmers from Sigatoka, Verata and the Tailevu area are mostly supplying the breadfruit to the processing factory.
Senior Agriculture Officer, Lautoka, Rajesh Prasad said farmers who wanted to supply fresh breadfruit to exporters needed to register their farm under Bilateral Quarantine Agreement (BQA).
"This is to ensure that they adhere to the quarantine and export requirements. There are 20 different varieties of breadfruits in Fiji but only two varieties, Uto Dina and Bale Kana are currently being exported,"he said
Mr Prasad said apart from fresh exports, breadfruit was also vacuum packed to help preserve the fruit for longer.
He said fresh breadfruit has to be treated under a high temperature, forced air treatment before it could be exported.
He said the Agriculture Ministry encouraged farmers to grow more breadfruit to meet the increased demand overseas. The ministry is also working closely with exporters in supervising the spraying of breadfruit trees to control pests. Breadfruit also lasts longer if grilled over an open fire or in a lovo and is often cooked in many ways.
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