Project final report

Developing cleaner export pathways for Pacific agricultural commodities - final report

Date released
01 June 2019
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Ilaisa Dakaica (Consultant) / Josua Wainiqolo (SPC)


The aim of this project was to restore the viability of export pathways for taro.

Fiji is currently the main exporter of taro to Australia and New Zealand, and other Pacific Island countries (PICs) also export small amounts. Samoa is rebuilding its taro production base following the development and introduction of varieties resistant to taro leaf blight (TLB). However, the opportunity to improve rural livelihoods through taro exports is being hindered by poor quality consignments, including some contaminated with pests of quarantine concern detected on arrival at export destinations.

Much attention has been devoted to analysis of the issues underlying Fiji taro exports to Australia and New Zealand, as taro is the second largest horticultural export from Fiji. Building upon two small research activities (SRAs) (PC/2008/029 and PC/2010/032), this project provided research-based recommendations for strengthening Pacific island taro exports. This work complemented other work on taro undertaken by the Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI) (PC/2008/044) and the AusAID-funded Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) program.