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Alluring aroma: The rise of high-value coconut products

Published Friday, September 28 2018

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 its name. Hundreds of years later, the rich aroma of coconuts continues to serve the...

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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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PNG Q-graders join judges panel

Published Friday, September 07 2018

Five Papua New Guineans will join seven international Q-graders for the 2018 PNG Coffee Industry Corporation Ltd National Coffee Cupping Competition to be held in Port Moresby from Sept 10-14, 2018. Among the local coffee cuppers will be Enos Dum, 29, of Osifagu Village in the Unggai Bena District of Eastern Highlands. Young Enos took...

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67 samples submitted for competition

Published Friday, September 07 2018

  Sixty-Seven Arabica coffee samples will be assessed for their quality in cup and taste at the 2018 PNG Coffee Industry Corporation’s National Coffee Cupping Competition to be held in Port Moresby next week. The tasting or cupping is a closed-door event at the Holiday Inn Hotel on September 10-14, 2018. Seven international coffee judges...

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Lautoka Port to test Sea Container Hygiene System

Published Thursday, August 09 2018

A trial test on the implementation of the Sea Container Hygiene System (SCHS) will be carried out this week at the Port of Lautoka following the successful collaboration at a workshop hosted by the Pacific Horticultural & Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program last week. The workshop was held at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka...

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PNG adds new flavour to specialty choc market

Published Tuesday, August 07 2018

For more than 10 years, Grace Klembasa toiled away on cocoa farms in Aitape, West Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea. With young twin daughters to support, the single mother devoted herself to a life of hardwork; a chapter that is now yielding rewards beyond her imagination. Grace’s journey to success began with a sample...

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