FIJI PAPAYA GROWERS FIND GROWING MARKET ABROAD

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SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, July 3) – Fiji’s Agriculture Ministry is encouraging farmers to plant more pawpaws (papayas) to meet the growing demand in overseas markets.

Ministry of Agriculture principal research officer, Poasa Nauluvula said farmers needed to follow proper husbandry practices such as thinning of fruits to get good production and better quality for export.

Last year Fiji exported 46 tons of pawpaws to Australia - up 142 percent from the 19 tons exported in 2004.

Nature's Way Co-operative manager, Sant Kumar said demand for Fiji pawpaws had increased in Australia after two cyclones devastated the Queensland industry.

July 4, 2006

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