ANOTHER NIUE TARO SHIPMENT TO AMERICAN SAMOA

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ALOFI, Niue (April 20, 1998 - PACNEWS/Tohi)---The trial shipment last month of Niuean taro to American Samoa appears to have worked out well. So much so in fact that the American Samoan businessman behind the venture, John Kruse, is back for another shipment, Radio Niue reports.

His last shipment was all sold out in just two weeks, said Kruse.

The American Samoan market is being developed at the expense of the New Zealand market. Up till now, most, if not all of Niue's taro was exported to Auckland, but in recent months that market had been flooded by cheaper produce from Fiji.

The strong American dollar at present has assisted in developing the Samoa market. Prices paid for the latest shipment is $NZ 1:60 ($U.S. 0.90) a kilo (2.2 pounds).

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