1 Jul 2004

Fiji tapioca exports soar

10:32 am on 1 July 2004

Fresh and frozen tapioca exports from Fiji are soaring.

Ministry of agriculture figures show that exports increased six-fold between 1999 and 2003, rising from just over 400 tonnes to around 2,600 tonnes last year.

Fiji exports tapioca to New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Canada, Tuvalu and Kiribati.

The demand for tapioca in Fiji's export markets has resulted in a sharp rise in local production from 35,000 tonnes a year to over 41,000 tonnes.