1.2 TONS OF LYCHEES EXPORTED FROM NEW CALEDONIA TO NEW ZEALAND

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NOUMÉA, New Caledonia (December 12, 2000 – Oceania Flash/SPC)---New Caledonia's compliance with regional and international quarantine regulations is proving beneficial. The French territory, currently the only authorized lychee export producer in the region, last week shipped 1.2 tons of the fruit to New Zealand, the daily newspaper Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reports.

Fruit exports were interrupted for some years due to the threat of fruit fly diseases.

Since then, research conducted at the Pocquereux agricultural station (near Nouméa) has resolved the problem.

A new process, which involves heat treatment of the fruit, eliminates fruit fly larvae and their disease potential.

The final export green light was given last week by a controller from New Zealand's Ministry of Agriculture, who flew to New Caledonia and certified that treated local lychees are disease-free and fit for export to New Zealand.

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