27 Oct 2004

Tongan squash market booming

2:08 pm on 27 October 2004

The Tongan squash market is booming, with sales from this seasons crop expected to reach top dollar.

Businessman and MP, Fred Sevele, says people are working 24 hours a day, 6 days a week to harvest and export all the squash from Tonga in time for the November markets.

He says growers can look forward to a higher price this year.

"The sales are better than last years, let's say, the market seems to be improving. We are now in the last week or two of the season and indications are that prices have firmed up. Certainly the growers this year will take a much better price than they did last year."

Mr Sevele says he is not sure how much the growers will receive for their vegetable because the price is fixed at the buyers end.