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What Makes You Different From Any Other Exporter? | Print |

Most Taro exporters have their processing facilities based in the Capital Suva, and since over 70% of Taro comes from Taveuni, these exporters have to buy their Taro from middlemen/agents in Taveuni. The middlemen receive an order from their buyer, then post notices that they are buying Taro. Farmers then harvest their crop and bring it to the middleman. 

Assume that a farmer harvests his crop on a Tuesday afternoon between 2pm and 5pm. The next morning he takes his Taro to the middleman. The bags of Taro are weighed and stacked in the warehouse ready for shipment. The middleman buys Taro throughout Wednesday and  on Thursday loads the Taro onto Trucks and ships the Taro to Suva. The Taro arrives in Suva on Friday morning where it is trucked to exporters facilities and unloaded for processing.

As you can see, there is usually a 3 day gap between when the Taro is harvested, and when it is processed and stored in a cooler. These three days of heat, coupled with the Taro being handled up to 5 times results in quite substantial degradation in Taro quality, often with visible bruising.

 

At TIMA LIMITED, we do things differently. 

1.) At least 60-80% of every export shipment is grown inhouse, on one of our Plantations on Taveuni. Since we have total control over our own production, we ensure that strict quality standards are adhered to. Controls are in place to minimise bruising and damage to the Taro. All Taro harvested from our farms are processed and stored in Reefer coolers within 24hours from harvest.

2.)We only purchase Export Taro from partner farmers who we trust to meet our strict quality control standards. Each Taro corm is visually inspected before purchase and all Taro is processed and stored in Coolers within 24 hours of Harvest. 

 

 


 
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