NIUE LOOKING AT VANILLA AS CASH CROP

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, May 28) - The Niue Government
says its first assessments of the viability of vanilla as a cash crop is
promising.

The island is investigating options for economic development in
agriculture, fishing and tourism, areas in which New Zealand has indicated it is
prepared to offer assistance.

Planning and Economic Development Minister Bill Motufoou was
recently sent to French Polynesia to research vanilla growing there.

The Premier, Young Vivian, said at today’s cabinet meeting
that Motufoou was instructed to submit concrete proposals for vanilla farming.

"In other words, how do we get say fifty acres or hundred
this year. What do we have to do....How much money....Do we concentrate on a
small little gardens at home or do we aim for one acre per family.....Or do we
aim for five acres, three acres to five acres,. He'll have to work that
out.....But I think I'd like to take all options aboard."

May 29, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

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