TONGA VANILLA PRICES LOWER

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NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (April 9, 1999 - Tonga Chronicle)---More than two tons of vanilla beans were purchased from growers in Vava‘u on April 1 at T$ 4 (US$ 2.48) a kilo for A grade vanilla and T$ 3 (US$ 1.86) for B grade vanilla.

According to Mr. Taniela Foliaki of the Ministry of Agriculture in Vava‘u, prices offered by the export agencies FIMCO, South Seas Processing, Ltd., and Lisiate Guttenbeil Co., Ltd. were lower than anticipated.

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