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Handicrafts video, vendor guide to boost sales of PNG handicrafts

Published Friday, September 22 2017

As part of efforts to promote the handicraft sector in Papua New Guinea, a handicrafts biosecurity awareness video and a vendor guide will be launched today (22 September) by Australia’s Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Hon. Keith Pitt, MP and PNG’s Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Emil Tammur, MP. The awareness...

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PHAMA invited to showcase at PNG State Room

Published Friday, August 18 2017

The Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program was one of five organisations that showcased in the PNG Parliament’s State room. PHAMA was also among business organisations that delivered presentations at the parliamentary induction on August 16, 2017. PHAMA was represented by Jane Ravusiro, the program’s Senior National Coordinator in PNG. The program was...

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Fiji’s kava industry meets to discuss value chain analysis

Published Thursday, August 17 2017

As part of efforts to improve the consistency and reliability of Fiji’s kava production and grow exports of quality kava products, a comprehensive analysis of the kava value chain is being done. In collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture’s Kava Taskforce and the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program, the analysis is being...

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PHAMA features as guest speaker at business forum

Published Tuesday, August 15 2017

The Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program was among guest speakers invited to address the 9th Australia-Solomon Islands Business Forum held in Honiara, Solomon Islands from July 24 – 26, 2017. Attended by Australian and Solomon Islands business houses and industry stakeholders, the forum covered a variety of topics focused on the Solomon...

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Kokonut Pacific Solomon Islands achieves food safety certification

Published Friday, August 11 2017

Kokonut Pacific Solomon Islands (KPSI), a local producer of virgin coconut oils and soap products, has recently achieved food safety certification to the internationally recognized HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) certification standard. It is only the second time that a company in Solomon Islands has achieved such certification and will allow KPSI to...

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Premium cocoa exports for Solomon Islands reach new levels

Published Tuesday, August 08 2017

Cocoa is an important export earner in Solomon Islands. The Australian and New Zealand governments, through the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program, have been supporting farmers to further develop the premium solar-dried cocoa export market. In a major milestone achievement, the nation has just recorded its highest export yet of solar-dried cocoa...

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Australian Minister launches video, vendor guide for Solomon Islands handicrafts

Published Wednesday, July 26 2017

As part of Australia’s ongoing support to boost cruise ship-based tourism in the region, Australian Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Hon Keith Pitt MP, launched a video and vendor guide for Solomon Islands handicrafts during the opening reception of the Australia – Solomon Islands 9th Business Forum held in Honiara from 24 –...

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Boosting Standards for Vanuatu Kava

Published Wednesday, July 19 2017

Kava is an important agricultural commodity for Vanuatu, forming an integral part of cultural, economic and social life. Export opportunities for the commodity however, are at times hindered due to concerns over the quality of certain varieties. PHAMA is helping differentiate between varieties of kava and ensure quality of exports. 12 colorimeters – instruments used...

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Tour experience spells brighter future for youths

Published Monday, July 10 2017

The Veivueti Youth Club has a history intricately woven with tragedy, trauma and resilience. Formed in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston, the club’s existence today is a reminder of how far they’ve come since that fateful day TC Winston tore through Fiji on February 20, 2016. At its worst, the cyclone – recorded as...

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New facility to improve export compliance for Tongan handicrafts

Published Tuesday, June 20 2017

A handicrafts inspection facility was opened at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries (MAFFF) export processing ground in Nukualofa, Tonga last week. This will ease capacity constraints in the Nukualofa facility which also caters for the fumigation and inspection of rootcrops, watermelons and other produce in preparation for export. Developed in collaboration between...

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