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Export of fruit and vegetables open

Ropate Valemei
Thursday, November 29, 2012

THE Fiji agricultural sector has applied for market access for wi (Polynesian plum) to New Zealand and is hoping for a positive outcome by the end of this year.

Biosecurity Authority of Fiji chief executive officer Elvis Silvestrini said over the past two years, BAF had put in a lot of effort in facilitating agricultural trade and finding niche markets for the country's fresh produce.

Mr Silvestrini said talks were in progress.

"Last year in November BAF held the Fiji-Australia Bilateral Quarantine meeting after a lapse of six years where a number of achievements in relation to the technical aspects of trade between Australia and Fiji were made," he said.

"This assisted BAF to strengthen existing exports and keeping the pathway open for taro exports to Australia by reducing interceptions."

Mr Silvestrini said the authority also discussed new exports such as cauliflower and chillies.