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SUVA, Fiji Islands (November 27, 2001 - PINA Nius Online)---Fiji exports of breadfruits and mangoes to New Zealand are growing rapidly, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

* Fiji began exporting fresh local breadfruit to New Zealand in October -- sending almost a ton in the past four weeks -- and demand is overwhelming, the ministry said.

* And according to the ministry, 47,835 kilograms (105,237pounds) of mangoes have already been exported to New Zealand this season, an increase of 79% compared to the same period last year.

Breadfruit is now one of the four major agricultural produce exported from Fiji to New Zealand.

The manager of the Nadi Airport-based Nature’s Way Cooperative’s High Temperature Forced Air treatment plant, Sant Kumar, said: "Our first consignment of 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) was sold in just two days."

Local varieties "Uto Dina" and "Bale Kana" are being exported.

Mr. Kumar said people only need to have their plants registered and sprayed as quarantine requirements before the breadfruit can be exported.

Because of the limited shelf of life of breadfruit, exporters are especially interested in getting the commodity from Fiji's Western Division.

This is because of the daily flights from Nadi airport to New Zealand.

Mr. Kumar said there is huge demand for breadfruit and exporters are asking for four to five containers per month.

Fiji was given approval to export breadfruit two years ago. But due to quarantine requirements, it only managed to start exports this year.

Plans are under way to establish breadfruit orchards in Fiji as well as expanding export markets to Australia and America.

Since the beginning of the mango fruiting season in August, a steady stream of mangoes has also been exported to New Zealand.

The increase in mango production has been attributed to an increase in the number of registered growers in the Western Division and dry and the relatively calm weather that has prevailed so far.

The mangoes, as stipulated in a bilateral export agreement with New Zealand, are treated at the High Temperature Forced Air plant at Nadi before being flown to New Zealand.

Mr. Kumar said mango exports will break the export records of 1998 if good weather prevails.

In 1998, Fiji exported a total of 124,476 kilograms (273,847.2 pounds) of mangoes while undergoing drought.

Five exporters of the fruit are currently exporting.

Green (pickling) mangoes and ripe ones are mainly exported. Ripe hybrid varieties (Mapulehu, Kensington, Tommy Atkins and Edward) are also popular export varieties, the Agriculture Ministry reported.

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