American Samoa goes from short supply of taro to flooded market

The American Samoa Director of Agriculture says the situation surrounding taro has gone from short supplies to a flooded market.

A ban on taro exports from neighbouring Samoa was lifted last month.

Director, Filifaatali Mike Fuiava, says he hopes to meet with taro importers to get their input on quantities that should be allowed in weekly.

But he says efforts to convene a meeting have not been successful yet.

The director says he may have to set a quota for each importer to avoid a saturation of the taro market.

But consumers appear to have welcomed the lifting of the ban as major supermarkets now have a good supply of taro.

The lifting of the ban has also improved the situations in local restaurants which were not able to serve the traditional delicacy during the months that the ban was in place.