Papua New Guinea exports Taros to America

Papua New Guinea is exporting  taros to selected markets in the United States of America.

It is all thanks to the efforts of Anna Wissink, managing director of Muruk Tropical Produce Ltd.

She ventured out into buying fresh taros in Morobe to send overseas and, now, she is venturing out to other provinces as the demand for her products increase.

Steven Ereman with Muruk Taro Product /Photo FB

Wissink said at present Muruk Tropical had been getting taros from five districts in Morobe province that is Nawaeb, Huon Gulf, Markham, Finschhafen and Lae.

“We are also getting fresh taros from Mt Hagen,” she said.

Wissink said to fill a 20-feet reefer with 12 tonnes of frozen taro, she needed about 20 tonnes of fresh taro every month.

She also plans on buying from other provinces with farmers indicating interests that they wanted to sell.

“These provinces include West New Britain, Jiwaka, Eastern Highlands, Madang, Oro, Milne Bay, East New Britain, New Ireland and East Sepik,” Wissink said.

She added that they find their potential market through family relations and research.

“There is interest in cassava, breadfruit and bananas,” she said.

The frozen taros are shipped over to the growing population of Pacific islanders living in the United States.

The National / Pacific Business News

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