20 Mar 2009

Rotuma gears up for its first trade of agricultural produce

11:26 am on 20 March 2009

Rotuma is gearing up for its first trade of agricultural produce with the Tuvaluan market after it gained status as one of Fiji's ports of entry.

The decision came after the Government of Tuvalu indicated a desire to trade with nearest its island neighbour, Rotuma, and trade will officially commence this May.

Fiji's Director of Quarantine Hiagi Foraete, said their Bio-Security Unit were already facilitating the ground work.

"Tuvalu has indicated to Rotuma that they would like to have dalo or taro cassava and kumala, or sweet potato, as the first commodities for this trade as Tuvalu has little chance of cultivating such crops on a large scale."