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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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PNG hosts first Q-grader training for coffee tasters

Published Friday, June 16 2017

Papua New Guinea hosted its first Q-grader training for local coffee cuppers or tasters last month. As a result, 4 Q-graders have been fully accredited by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). 12 participants from the coffee industry were selected to attend the training organised in partnership between the PNG Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC)...

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Safeguarding Fiji’s fruit and vegetable exports to New Zealand

Published Friday, June 16 2017

Farmers, exporters and Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) extension officers are undergoing training to improve the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables being exported to New Zealand. The training is being organised and funded by the Australian and New Zealand-funded Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program in partnership with MoA and the Pacific Community...

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Amazing talent on display in Alotau, PNG

Published Wednesday, June 14 2017

Papua New Guinea boasts a variety of cultural activities every year, many of which are tourist attractions. In recent times these activities have also been aimed at preserving culture and transferring local knowledge from the older to younger generations. One such event was the recent gathering of the Women Weavers of Milne Bay early this...

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Vanuatu cocoa offers “new flavour” for craft chocolate industry

Published Thursday, May 25 2017

On Malo Island in Vanuatu, Moli Lui observed in silence as the formalities of greetings and introductions took place to welcome a trade delegation of international cocoa buyers. When the theologian was finally invited to address the visitors, there was no mistaking the enthusiasm with which he spoke about his newfound interest in cocoa farming....

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PNG agricultural products take center stage at Australia PNG Business Council Forum and Trade Expo

Published Thursday, May 25 2017

The 33rd Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum and Trade Expo was a bonus for local agricultural and handicraft producers seeking to promote their products and expand their networks. With support from the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program, local producers of coffee, coconut and cocoa occupied five of the  57 booths at...

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Australian PM praises PNG cocoa

Published Wednesday, April 26 2017

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull received a warm welcome from PHAMA at the recent Australia-PNG Entrepreneur and Innovation Showcase in Port Moresby. PHAMA and program partner Paradise Foods Ltd (PFL) briefed the PM on PFL’s Queen Emma Chocolate Company (QECC), the progress of PNG’s cocoa and chocolate export market, and the support provided by PHAMA....

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Fiji launches Kava Quality Standard, Manual

Published Thursday, March 09 2017

In a milestone achievement for Fiji’s kava industry, the National Kava Standard and Fiji Kava Quality Manual were officially launched today. A first for the country, the kava quality standard and manual mark a significant progress in the ongoing efforts to improve kava quality and grow exports. The standard also sets a benchmark for consistent...

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Farmers undergo further training to improve cocoa quality

Published Friday, February 03 2017

Several owners of solar cocoa driers in the Solomon Islands recently attended a workshop designed to increase sales of “sun-dried” cocoa into the lucrative global boutique market. Last week’s workshop and demonstration exercise offered valuable opportunities for cocoa farmers from five provinces to share learnings with cocoa specialists and MAL extension officers. Lucy Kasimwane from...

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