31 Oct 2018

Second shipment of Samoan bananas leaves for NZ

4:43 pm on 31 October 2018

A second shipment of bananas has left Samoa for New Zealand, after the first export shipment in half-a-century sold out quickly.

Pile of bananas on a market

Photo: 123RF

Samoa's agriculture minister, Lopao'o Natanielu Mu'a said the industry was buoyant after the initial sales indications from New Zealand.

He said he was pleased farmers' efforts are bearing fruit, but they're still cautious about the future of exports.

The New Zealand market for ripe bananas is valued at over $US160 million.