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Friday, 18 August 2017

Tonga has sent its first ever consignment of squash to China. Squash remains the country's main agricultural export, with South Korea and Japan the traditional markets. The chief executive of the Agrculture Ministry, Viliami Manu said a critical factor is being able to service those markets in late November and early December when Tonga is able to command better prices. He said efforts to secure a market in China had been underway for a year. "Finally on this season we were planning on opening the market with 200 tonnes. But the team of inspectors pre-assessing the cargo before it leaves Tonga, only arrived late, so only one 40 foot container was left - which is about 24 tonnes."

Mozambique annually loses the equivalent of US$57 million due to illegal fishing and other harmful practices, in the absence of effective maritime surveillance along nearly 2,800 kilometres of coastline, said the director of Operations of the Ministry of the Sea, Interior Waters and Fisheries. Leonid Chimarizene also told weekly newspaper Domingo that Mozambique differs from most coastal countries because it allows ships to moor at any port, “which means that we must have inspectors all along the coast.”

The sugar produced in Mozambique will continue to enter the market of the European Union (EU) free of tariffs and quotas, according to assurances given last week by the organisation, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported. Mozambican sugar is exported to the EU under the “Everything but Arms” (EBA) trade agreement in place since 2011 and which allows products from less developed countries, such as Mozambique, access to the European market free of customs duties and quotas. Apart from sugar, under the EBA scheme, Mozambique exports other products to the EU market with the same benefits.

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