Market Bulletin 10/17

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 September 2017

Root Crop sales: Taro is at its highest demand at $5.00 per kilo and has not changed in price since July and August, while cassava maintains the same within the $3.00 per kilo to $4.00 per kilo compare to the previous. Ginger has again maintain its appearance since March at the market with a price of $6.00 per 1kg bag while Turmeric has fallen out of the race, however it showed little interest to the producer and the consumer. Sweet potato (Kumara) has made its appearance with a price of $6.25 per kilo and is expected to increase in supply within the next 2 months.  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.



Fruits Sales: Fruit remains popular on the Punanga Nui market and water melon have shown to be available on this month of September on the market even though the season have started in August.  It has been noted also that more of the water melon from the Pa Enua has been reported to be imported to Rarotonga from Aitutaki.  While this information is not captured under this survey at the Punanga Nui market, the Ministry will be collecting more on this info concerning inter-island export and this will be published as a new information space in the coming months. Drinking nut, banana, papaya and tomato ranked the most popular fruits to the consumer in terms of price as demand for them remains constant.  Papaya has maintained demand from the previous months and appears to peak in September. Drinking nut and banana has remained on an average price $3.00 to $4.00 at a common value.  The amount of information collected in fruit sales at the market has been high.  It is as expected; most commodities in the lists will end its season and replaced by another as we enter into spring, the likes of capsicum, watermelon and cucumber.



Vegetables Sales: Some vegetables have made its appearance again after falling out in the past months.  Similar to the root crop sale, an 80% representation for Rukau, long beans, Pak-choy, lettuce and cabbage were present again in the month of September, meaning at each day of sale on each week for the month of June, the four (4) commodities was available at the market. 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 October to November.  Vegetables like cabbages and others are expected to increase in quantity in the next coming months.  The table shows, Rukau is sold at an impressive value of $10.00 average price at 0.8kg average weight, compared to pakchoi sold at $4.00 average price with an average weight of 1.2kg a bag.  Since Rukau is a traditional crop to the Pacific, and highly nutritious, the demand for Rukau has been constant in the previous months from January to September and is expected to be available on the market throughout the coming season.