19 Mar 2009

Trade between Tuvalu and Fiji's Rotuma set to take off

4:26 pm on 19 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 status.

The decision came after the Government of Tuvalu indicated a desire to trade with nearest its island neighbour.

Fiji's Director of Quarantine, Hiagi Foraete, said their Bio-Security Unit was 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.

Tuvalu has very little chance of cultivating these crops on a

large scale because of its atoll soil type.

Mr Foraete added that chances of pests and diseases being transferred and surviving under such conditions in Tuvalu would be very minimal.

Trade will officially commence in May of this year