Frozen taro is not the only export agro commodity on demand overseas.
In fact, according to the Minister of Agriculture Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Fosi who returned last week from launching the Samoa frozen taro in New Zealand, distributors there are demands for other frozen produce from Samoa such as yams, (taamu) cassavas, (manioka, ufi) and breadfruit, (ulu) bananas, (fai) all processed locally at the ministry’s Nu’u location.
“The container of mixed frozen produce shipped to New Zealand sold like hot cupcakes,” said the Minister. “And they want more.”
To that effect, the Minister has tasked the Nu’u Crops Division in charge of the frozen export drive for all systems go.
Laaulialemalietoa says that with the new export outlet secured, regular shipments will be made to New Zealand.
The next shipment will be arriving in Auckland on August 9th.
While for Wellington and Christchurch the 20 foot container from Apia should arrive on September 16th.
Added the Agriculture Minister;
“The frozen technology has opened the gateway for our agricultural exports. However, we need to look at sustainability and consistency.
“Government long ago knew that there were markets waiting for Samoa but we did not have enough local crops to meet that market.”
Through the Samoa frozen concept, markets in Sydney and Brisbane Australia have been secured for Samoa’s frozen agro produce. Three 20-foot containers are shipping to Australia on a monthly basis.
Concluded the Minister;
“More export markets translate to more income for our taro farmers. Government will continue to work with our agricultural stakeholders to improve the income power that will contribute to our foreign reserves.
“To that end, the message from government to our farmers is simple.
“We are opening up the export market for your benefit and farmers must do their part by working the land to take advantage of our new markets.
“The benefits for our farmers are astronomical.”