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Chocolates, volcanoes and women in cocoa

Published Friday, March 08 2019

International Women’s Day is observed every year in recognition and celebration of women around the world. This year, the International Women’s Day 2019 #IWD2019 campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call to action for driving gender balance across the world. The following article highlights the achievements of two women who are making a difference in...

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Food safety certification, a prerequisite for trade

Published Tuesday, March 05 2019

Information included on the label of food products has the power to take food products places, says Anisi Bloomfield. Bloomfield is the chief executive officer of North Star Fishing Company Limited in Nukualofa, Tonga. Last year his company became the first fisheries business in Tonga to be Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certified....

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Call to include more women, youth in kava training

Published Friday, February 01 2019

The Fiji Kava Taskforce was yesterday encouraged to include more women and youth in its kava training activities. The call was made by Losalini Leweniqila, the National Coordinator for the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Plus Program* in Fiji, during a meeting of the Taskforce in Vunisea, Kadavu yesterday. Ms Leweniqila highlighted the...

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Kava Taskforce off to Kadavu for training, talks

Published Wednesday, January 30 2019

Over 60 kava farmers on Kadavu will undergo a day of training this week as part of efforts to improve the production and profitability of kava produced on the island. The training will focus on innovative farming practices, improving quality and processing, and marketing opportunities for the export of kava. It will be co-facilitated by...

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Alluring aroma: The rise of high-value coconut products

Published Friday, September 28 2018

Kellin Genolamar is looking forward to tapping into the export market soon with HACCP certification. The rich aroma of freshly cooked coconut oil travelled over the seas, piquing the curiosity and interest of explorers sailing along a coast in Papua New Guinea’s Central Province. The alluring scent drew them ashore, eventually earning the Aroma Coast...

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Fiji launches Dalo Quality Manual

Published Friday, September 21 2018

A new manual has been developed and launched to help taro growers, buyers and exporters improve the quality of taro for the local and export markets. The Fiji Dalo Quality Manual was launched in Navatukia Village in Serea, Sawani on 19 September 2018 by the Ministry of Agriculture’s Permanent Secretary, David Kolitagane. Developed by the...

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Obura-Wonenara dominates PNG Coffee Competition

Published Thursday, September 20 2018

Obura-Wonenara Coffee Cooperative (Habina Resource Centre-PPAP) is the overall winner for the 2018 PNG Coffee Cupping Competition. This was announced at the 2018 PNG coffee cupping competition closing ceremony on Friday September 14, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Port Moresby. The ceremony was witnessed by government dignitaries, sponsors, farmers and industry stakeholders. The...

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HACCP certification helps Samoa retain export markets

Published Thursday, September 13 2018

Government and businesses in Samoa are taking huge strides to comply with international food safety requirements and standards to retain export markets for their products. The effort is paying off with exporters acknowledging that the challenges faced during the certification process has been worth it. At an event held in June this year, the Ministry...

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Database to help Vanuatu comply with export requirements

Published Thursday, September 13 2018

Vanuatu has launched a new animal health database that will aid the country’s efforts to comply with international trade requirements. Launched last week by Ms Carolyn Ernst – Chairlady of the Vanuatu Livestock Industry Working Group and Mr Nambo Moses – Senior Livestock Officer with the Department of Livestock, the new database will enable staff...

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Coffee competition partnerships

Published Tuesday, September 11 2018

The Investment Promotion Authority has come on board as a partner sponsor to support the 2018 coffee cupping competition taking place this week in Port Moresby. A cheque of K5000 was presented to the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) General Manager Steven Tumae by director corporate services Anna Marikawa at the IPA office in Port Moresby...

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