Market Bulletin 04/17

Introduction: Our market bulletin helps informs vendors, farmers and consumers the types of fresh produce sold on the month by its total value in $NZ, price and weight so that producers can meet certain demand for consumer needs at the best price.  For further information, contact the Department of Policy on phone number 28711 or email us at

Market Bulletin for the Month of March 2017


Root Crop-minRoot Crop sales: Taro has again maintained the highest demand root crop at $4.60 per kilo, while cassava ranges at $1.82 a kilo, even at the same weight of a bag of taro. Turmeric and ginger was sold at the same price when compared in previous months of January and February.  The two commodities in this respect showed little interest to the producer and the consumer.  Limitation: It is important to note that other root crops were surveyed but could not be tabulated above as it did not meet the 80% representation for analysis.


Fruit Sales-minFruits Sales:
Fruits are again the most present commodity at the Punanga Nui market, dominating over vegetables and root crops. The drinking nut, papaya, banana and dragon fruit rank the most popular fruits to the consumer in terms of price as demand for them remains constant.  The Dragon fruit appears to be sold at a good price of $5.00, as the fruit comes into season of production with an average weight 0.45 kilo. Note that dragon fruit have constantly increased from January, February to March and is now the 4th popular fruit on the market.  Papaya have maintained its demand from the previous months as it appears in its peak season. Drinking nuts and banana has remained on an average price $3.00 to $3.50 at a common value throughout the previous months.  There is high respect on the amount of information collected in fruit sales at the market.  It is as expected; some of the commodities in the top ten lists will end its season and will drop out from the race, replaced by another commodity fruit as we enter into the autumn season.  It may be of interest to the producers to visit the Ministry for more information on what fruits is expected as we enter into the next season of 2017.


Vegetables Sales: The analysis for vegetables showed a few vegetables sold at the Punanga Nui market.  Similar to the root crop sale, an 80% representation for Rukau, lettuce and Pak-choy were present, meaning at each day of sale on each week for the month of March, the Vegetable sales-minthree (3) commodities was always available at the market even when compared to the previous months. Other vegetables surveyed could not be tabulated for analysis, it is important for producers to note that these are expected to appear more on the market as we enter into the next season, into the month of April and May.  Vegetables like cabbages and others are expected and is yet to appear on the market.  The table shows, Rukau is sold at an impressive value of $10.00 in average price at 2.22kg average weight, compared to lettuce and Pak-choy.  Since it is a traditional crop to the Pacific, and highly nutritious, the demand for Rukau has been constant in the previous months of January and February and is expected to be available on the market throughout the coming season.