Agriculture Export Volumes

November 2016 | Released on 4 April 2017


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Total volumes (tonnes)
641.5 3327.4 814.0 689.0

Agricultural export plunges as Tongan squash season ends

November’s agricultural exports volume has declined immensely by 81%. This significant decline is explained by the squash season coming to an end therefore the amount of squash exported overseas fell by 97.8% from 2693.2 tonnes in October to only 59.8 tonnes in November. The Tongan squash season is towards the end of the year hence October 2016 recorded the highest volume of Tongan squash exported, which accounted for 80% of the total agricultural exports of the previous month with no Tongan squash exported during the month of November.

On the outlook, NRBT anticipates that both volume for export and domestic production will increase in 2016/17 supporting the expected growth in the agricultural sector. The higher squash exports during the squash season supports this projection. The latest revised climate update released by the Meteorology Division forecasted a period of more rainfall than usual for the upcoming three to six months, which is an advantage for growers to start planting various crops. The year 2016/17 has seen better weather conditions than that of the previous year which will likely have favourable effects on the agricultural sector’s growth. In addition, Tonga is currently negotiating the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus which may contribute to the increase. On the downside, the export of Kava Tonga and coconuts will continue to decline due to low supply as a result of unfavourable weather conditions in the past years.

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