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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Fijian farmers see Papaya’s potential

According to the Fiji Times, an analysis of the market carried out by the EU noted organic papaya as a product with considerable potential for Fijian farmers. This industry, which started as a means of insulation against the decline of the onetime backbone of Fiji's economy, the sugarcane industry, has become highly successful in the country.
While 15 years ago, Fiji exported 30 tonnes, nowadays it has increased to 1346 tonnes exported annually. In particular, since 2011, papaya is now leading the way for agricultural products in terms of growth of exports.
Notably, investments in research, training for its farmers and strict awareness on bio-security issues have made this particular industry a growing success, to the point now where the demand for the Fijian papaya is greater because of renewed confidence in its quality.

Source: Fiji Times