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Exports top $500,000 this year

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, September 16, 2009) -- Nearly $1million [US$515, 000] is expected to be earned through dalo exports by the end of next month, reveals AgroMarketing Authority chief executive Ilaisa Cavu.

The latest order placed by Easy Distributors Ltd earned more than $75,000 [US$39, 000] a week and, with the steady dalo supply, Mr. Cavu was optimistic of the million-dollar target.

He said Easy Distributors Ltd exported nearly two containers of pink taro and one container of hybrid dalo to New Zealand.

Cavu said the supply had grown this month.

"This is because of the lapse in planting and maturing. Pink taro (tausala) takes about nine months to mature and hybrid dalo (maleka dina) takes at least six months," he said.

"But supply is back to normal and we need to increase our market share because Samoa and Tonga were also crop exporters," Cavu said.

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