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Brewing a better future for PNG’s coffee industry

Published Friday, May 17 2019

Colleagues and competitors of Papua New Guinea’s coffee industry will meet over two days next week at the National Coffee Symposium to discuss the future of the industry.

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PHAMA Plus, growing Pacific livelihoods and economies

Published Thursday, April 11 2019

A new phase of the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access or PHAMA Program was launched in Suva, Fiji today. Known as PHAMA Plus, the new phase of the Australian and New Zealand supported aid-for-trade program builds on the foundation established by PHAMA in 2011. PHAMA Plus is a multi-country program with offices in Fiji,...

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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

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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