Sweet and hot: the lovers spice
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CTA. 2002. Sweet and hot: the lovers? spice. Spore 97. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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In an attempt to diversify their agriculture and find niche markets to increase exports, several Pacific countries including Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu are betting on the cultivation of ginger (Zingiber officinale). The world s largest producers are...
In an attempt to diversify their agriculture and find niche markets to increase exports, several Pacific countries including Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu are betting on the cultivation of ginger (Zingiber officinale). The world s largest producers are India, Indonesia and China; the best quality of the annual world production of 250,000 t is to be found in Jamaica. On Fiji, it is immature ginger that is most popular with both growers and processors. It is harvested in April and made into syrup for export. In 2001, 1,700 t of immature ginger was harvested and sold at an average price of around 1 US$/kg. Mature ginger is harvested from July to September and despite high demand in local and export markets, its production dwindled from 500 t in the mid-1990s to a mere 180 t. One reason that farmers prefer immature ginger is that it is relatively free from pests and diseases. Mature ginger is subject to root rot caused by nematodes and bacteria. In Samoa, the ginger sector has targeted the organic market in New Zealand where it obtained an eco-label from the BIO-GRO certification body. Ginger was first grown in Samoa in the early 1980s; exports started a decade later, and have steadily increased from a modest 3 tonnes in 1997 to an estimated 7 tonnes in 2001. The Pacific ginger sector still has a few tricks to learn. Has anyone thought of doing as they do in Senegal and Côte d Ivoire and producing ginger cordial? (see Clear and Simple on these pages). You ll see what we mean after a glass or two. Ah, the uses of Spore! [caption to illustration] The fire inside. Lucky to grow, lucky to sell, plucky to eat.