FEBRUARY SALES LOWER
Hawaii fresh papaya utilization is estimated at 2.1 million pounds for February 2007, down 14 percent from January of this year and 8 percent less than February of last year. Cumulative sales for the first two months of 2007 were down 13 percent from the same period in 2006.
Weather conditions for February were generally favorable for papaya orchards. New growth and steady flowering benefited from sunny days and intermittent showers. Growers cleared fallen trees left by previous high winds. Field activities were delayed by heavy rain during the last week of February.
Papaya growers are expected to receive an estimated 41.0 cents per pound for fresh fruit in February 2007, up 8 percent (3.0 cents) from last month and 14 percent more (5.0 cents) from a year ago.?
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