The breadfruit is fast becoming an important subsistence crop around the world and is being looked at with the same view as the coconut tree in terms of it’s cultural, social and economic significance to island communities.
This was highlighted by the Samoa Minister of Agriculture, Lopao’o Natanielu Mu’a in his keynote address at the 2017 Pacific and Global Breadfruit Summit in Samoa.
Breadfruit is principally grown as a subsistence crop in most areas of the world with the Pacific and Caribbean islands being the major production areas.
The Minister said breadfruit produces abundant, nutritious fruit that is typically cooked and consumed as a starchy staple when firm and mature.
He added that in terms of value adding, there has been considerable interest and drive in Hawaii, the Pacific and Caribbean islands to develop the most efficient and economical ways to commercially process the fruit into flour and appropriate products made from the flour, packaged breadfruit chips and frozen breadfruit chunks and slices.
Lopao’o said he expects that a major outcome to be achieved from this summit is to consolidate and to bring into the mainstream the breadfruit product development efforts, in order to up-scale and commercialize the breadfruit into the markets.
“In order to do this, there is a need to develop the standard for some of the products,” he told the summit.
The Ulu Summit ends in Apia tomorrow.