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Trend of production and export of commercial crops of Vanuatu: 1991-2012

Toangwera, T. and Bhati, Jagdish P. (2015) Trend of production and export of commercial crops of Vanuatu: 1991-2012. Journal of South Pacific Agriculture, 18 (2). pp. 42-52. ISSN 1018-7774

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    Agriculture is the mainstay of the rural population of Vanuatu. Obviously, improvements in crop production and exports will enhance standard of living of rural people and help support economic development. In Vanuatu beef, copra, cocoa and kava account for the bulk of export earnings. This study analysed trends in area, production and export of coconut, cocoa and kava crops during the 1991-2012 period. The study revealed that area under cocoa and kava crops has been declining during the study period, while the area under coconut crop was stagnant. The production of cocoa and kava showed negative trends. Copra production also showed a declining trend during the study period. Consequently, exports of cocoa and coconut products were declining during the reference period. However, exports of kava showed increasing trend but it also in the later part of the study period started declining. Evidently there is a positive relation between quantity of crop produced and exported. Vanuatu’s climate and land are conducive to produce these export-oriented crops, but detailed investigations are required to understand the problems and constraints faced by farmers in crop production, processing and export. In reversing the downward trend of agriculture export sector in Vanuatu, the integration of production and marketing will prove to be a crucial element of the agricultural development strategy.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Agriculture and Food Technology
    Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
    Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2016 14:23
    Last Modified: 10 Aug 2016 14:23

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