SYMPOSIUM PLANNED FOR TAHITI VANILLA GROWERS

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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti, (Tahipresse, Mar. 30) - The French Polynesia
Agricultural Ministry will hold a vanilla symposium on the island of Raiatea to
stimulate this sector of the economy.

Some 250 professionals are expected to participate in the April
14-15 symposium, which is being primarily organized on behalf of vanilla
planters in the Leeward Islands who export their product.

The gathering culminates a program that began in 1998 to revive
the island’s vanilla industry.

Last year’s vanilla exports totaled 10.9 tons, compared to 5.4
tons in 1998, according to statistics provided by the government.

April 1, 2003

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