Agriculture Export Volumes

September 2017


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Total volumes (tonnes)
1,226.2 897.3 561.9 751.3

Early squash season continued to drive agricultural exports higher

The total agricultural exports rose by 329.0 tonnes (36.7%) to a total of 1,226.2 tonnes largely due to the squash season which started last month. Total squash exports over the month increased by 409.9 tonnes to a total of 538.6 tonnes. Other crops which contributed to the rise included giant taro (kape), brown coconut, watermelon, breadfruit and kava-Tonga. The favourable weather supported the increase in the volume of these crops. According to liaison with kava growers, kava-Tonga supply has not increased but people prefer to export kava as prices overseas are much higher compared to the local prices here in Tonga. Additionally, any increases in the volume of kava exports could be due to a few kava-Tonga plantation harvest during the month. However, the volume of exported squash was sufficient to offset the decline in the export of yam (excluding sweet yam), cassava, green coconut, Indian mulberry juice, swamp taro and a few other crops.

New Zealand remained the highest agricultural export destination. This was followed by Australia, United States and China. The squash was exported to China, Korea, New Zealand and Japan.

However, the agricultural export proceeds received declined by $0.6 million (68.6%) to $0.3 million. This largely reflected the lagged effects of the receipt of squash export proceeds from the time of export. There was no export proceed for squash during the month, $0.2 million were export proceeds for root crops and other various agricultural produce such as coconuts, and the proceeds for the export of kava amounted to $0.1 million.

Over the year, the total agricultural export volume rose by 2,021.1 tonnes (20.5%), supported by better harvest of root crops, the favourable squash, watermelon, breadfruit and plantain seasons. These offset the decline in the export of coconuts, kava-Tonga, vanilla, and sandalwood over the year. The Government’s Development Loan scheme also supported the growth in the agricultural sector, with a rise of $1.9 million (18.3%) in loans to the agricultural sector. The annual agricultural export receipts also rose by $3.7 million (52.4%) to $10.7 million. The higher export receipts were for squash and crops (root crops and traditional crops), supported by the strengthening of the Japanese Yen, US dollar and NZ dollar against the Tongan Pa’anga.

On the outlook, the Reserve Bank continues to expect that the volume of exports and consequently the agricultural sector will continue to grow in the near term. This projection is supported by the latest actual data available which indicates a better harvest period for squash and other root crops. However, the uncertainty of the weather poses a significant risk for the outlook for the agricultural sector.


Agriculture Export Volumes Releases

Agriculture Export Volumes Releases for 2017


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Released on 23 November 2017 | 148 KB

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Released on 6 September 2017 | 156 KB
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Released on 3 August 2017 | 157 KB

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Released on 30 June 2017 | 155 KB
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Released on 16 June 2017 | 119 KB

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Released on 15 June 2017 | 159 KB
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Released on 15 June 2017 | 120 KB

2016


pdfIcon December
Released on 9 June 2017 | 120 KB
pdfIcon November
Released on 4 April 2017 | 394 KB

pdfIcon October
Released on 4 April 2017 | 357 KB
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Released on 9 January 2017 | 362 KB

pdfIcon August
Released on 11 November 2016 | 375 KB
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Released on 31 October 2016 | 425 KB

pdfIcon June
Released on 5 September 2016 | 389 KB
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Released on 25 July 2016 | 422 KB

pdfIcon April
Released on 30 June 2016 | 452 KB
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Released on 3 June 2016 | 488 KB

pdfIcon February
Released on 29 April 2016 | 483 KB
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Released on 8 April 2016 | 433 KB

2015


pdfIcon December
Released on 25 February 2016 | 607 KB
pdfIcon November
Released on 23 December 2015 | 179 KB

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Released on 23 December 2015 | 179 KB
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Released on 2 December 2015 | 359 KB

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Released on 8 October 2015 | 358 KB
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Released on 21 September 2015 | 358 KB

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Released on 1 September 2015 | 462 KB
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Released on 27 July 2016 | 462 KB

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Released on 26 May 2015 | 469 KB
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Released on 13 May 2015 | 469 KB

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Released on 30 March 2015 | 469 KB
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Released on 4 March 2015 | 471 KB

2014


pdfIcon December
Released on 26 January 2015 | 243 KB
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Released on 21 January 2015 | 252 KB

pdfIcon October
Released on 21 January 2015 | 250 KB
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Released on 19 December 2014 | 258 KB

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