Tuesday, February 13 2018
When the European Union made a decision to ban kava imports in 2002, kava-producing countries in the Pacific were left reeling from the impact of the ban.
Among those countries was Samoa which has since come a long way in preventing a repeat of that experience with its other export commodities.
Speaking at the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program Coordinating Meeting (PCC) in Nadi, Fiji last week, the chair of Samoa’s Market Access Working Group (MAWG), Tagaloa Eddie Wilson, said kava exports in Samoa were being revived.
“(When) the ban was imposed, what happened was that we found out we had done nothing to prevent that from happening. That’s the lesson from the past. When that happened, we asked where’s the quality manual, the legislation and the framework?” he said.
“The ban was finally lifted and from 2015 to now, a fair bit of kava has been exported. We’ve started looking at awareness programs and (having) standards established. Kava is going to be an important export commodity for Samoa,” he said.
“Going forward, it was resolved at the kava conference in Vanuatu that whatever we do, we must have standards set in place and exporters should be HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) accredited,” he added.
PHAMA, an Australian initiative co-funded by the New Zealand Government, has played a key role in supporting HACCP training and the certification process on request by the Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters (SAME). PHAMA acknowledges its partnerships with the Government of Samoa and private sector stakeholders as being a key contributor to the programs progress in-country.
Highlights of PHAMA’s progress in Samoa for 2017 include:
Discussions were also held regarding PHAMA Plus, the next phase of the program. Responding to these discussions, Wilson said, “PHAMA has been so useful and we want it to continue.”
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