TARO SUPPLIES DOWN, BREADFRUIT UP IN SAMOA

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APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Oct. 18) - Lower supplies of taro and ta'amu cut the overall supply of agricultural produce at Fugalei Market last month, a Central Bank of Samoa market survey shows.

But the rise in supply of breadfruit, the main staple substitute, saw the demand for and prices of other crops fall, the bank’s said.

This led to a 24 percent reduction in the overall food prices, the bank reported.

The supplies of banana, taro palagi, coconut and pumpkin rose significantly. But they were outweighed by decreases in the availability of taro, taamu, head cabbage, tomatoes, Chinese cabbage and cucumber, the survey reported.

Consequently, the overall volume of selected produce supplied to the Fugalei Market last month declined 5 percent.

This was to a level 15 percent lower than in September 2003.

October 19, 2004

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