7 Apr 2008

Samoa works to gain access for fruits and vegetables to NZ

5:07 am on 7 April 2008

A team of senior officers from New Zealand's Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is due to visit Samoa next month to further discuss and study the possibility of exporting fruits and vegetables to New Zealand.

Details of the trip follow talks held in Apia over the week-end between New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister, Winston Peters, and Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

Samoa is keen to gain access for fruit and vegetables and New Zealand has offered to provide assistance over quarantine requirements.

Meanwhile two countries have also agreed to share interests in broader security issues in the region.

There is a possibility of the traditional defence and police Mutual Assistance Programme or MAP talks being widened to include other government agencies such as Customs and Immigration.