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Papaya back in force

Ropate Valemei
Thursday, November 29, 2012

THE papaya industry has recovered after being hit by two consecutive floods early this year and the Papaya disorder in August.

This report comes after 500 kilograms of papaya was exported to New Zealand last weekend.

Papaya exports had plummeted as a result of two major floods from 50 tonnes in December 2011 to less than one tonne in April 2012.

In August, BAF had to temporarily halt papaya exports as a standard precautionary bio-security measure after identifying a disorder affecting plants in the Sigatoka area.

BAF chief executive officer Elvis Silvestrini said holding of papaya exports was one of the standard measures taken by BAF among others to prevent the spread of the papaya disorder.

"BAF identified a papaya disorder in certain backyard gardens and farms in the Sigatoka area and as a result our teams conducted surveys on the farms as well as the papaya plants in backyard gardens in the area," he said.

"We did find signs that pointed towards a papaya disorder."

Mr Silvestrini said the findings were sent overseas for analysis and authentication.