PAPAYA growers in the West have been urged to maintain quality and increase volume in order to remain viable as a business and to meet market requirements.
Growers and exporters representative organisation, Nature's Way Co-operative Fiji Limited, said it was important for growers to take heed of the advice given for their benefit and that of the industry.
"As far as Nature's Way is concerned, we will take bookings for produce to be treated for export but we also advise exporters that minimum throughput for export is two tonnes.
"Anything less than two tonnes means exporters don't make any money because of the freight and clearance costs involved," said CEO Michael Brown.
He said quality and quantity were monitored when exporters brought in produce for treatment at Nature's Way's Nadi airport facility.
Mr Brown said the co-operative was doing what it could to cushion the high freight and clearance charges but the onus was on growers to ensure they kept volume above the two-tonne mark.
"Quarantine charges for exports are quite high but we try to cushion the impact of high charges.
"If the export volume is significant then we can reduce costs and exporters and growers make some money."
Papaya exports valued at $24,000 to Australia were scheduled to resume this week after a voluntary ban was placed on the fruit because of a suspected disorder.