12 Nov 2020

Vanuatu exporting root crops to NZ

6:31 am on 12 November 2020

Reports from Vanuatu say two 50-tonne containers of frozen taro and manioc are being airfreighted to Auckland this week.

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Manioc or cassava Photo: 123RF

It is being described in the Vanuatu Daily Post as a "breakthrough for root crop exports".

The consignment will also include 20 kilogrammes of coconut milk.

Vanuatu's Director General of Trade, Roy Mickey Joy, said the export was a milestone after years of struggle to breakthrough export barriers.

It has become possible because New Zealand relaxed its export rules.

At a launch for the exports, Vanuatu's Prime Minister Bob Loughman, told farmers throughout the country to plant more root crops.