By Jane Joshua

In Vanuatu grapes are regarded as temperate crops, the photo shows a bunch of grapes on a grape vine, part of a cluster bearing heavily on a citrus tree which was sampled by passing government officials in Port Patrick, Aneityum last weekend. Grapes are not a normal sight in the local markets. Nevertheless, in December 2014 the Department of Agriculture reported dark, healthy grapes in Ip village, west Tanna sold at the Blackman Town, Lenakel for Vt50 per bunch. Previously in November the same year, a chief on Longana East Ambae, reported planting 50 grape vines with a high yield. The grapes are not sweet, but can be used to make jam and juice. If grown in big quantities there is always the potential to venture into wine making for any determined, ambitious Ni Van. Photo: AJ

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