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Export bananas to NZ through the Produce board

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Andrew Afeaki says:
About 1942-45 the government monopolised copra trade, set up the Copra board, the only ones allowed to export copra. That killed off the private traders of copra. The board bought the copra and sold it overseas. The Japanese Banno firm had gone by then, but there were other traders including Morris Hedstrom and Burns Philip.

In the early 50s they set up produce boards to handle products such as bananas and pineapples, water melon and tomatoes. All those that were not copra set up under a different authority. They were the only people allowed to export them. But Tonga's government produced a marketing vehicle, a mechanism for people to grow and export bananas, tomatoes and water melons to New Zealand.

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Tongan tomatoesold locally in local markets

Source: Anthony Haas personal collection. Photo by Marti Friedlander 1978 during the visit she and Anthony Haas made together to Tonga.

Tonga has tried a number of ways to get its produce to market.


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