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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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6 Samoan companies attain HACCP certification

Published Friday, December 16 2016

Close to a 100 people gathered at Taumesina Resort on Wednesday 15th December, 2016, to witness six local companies attain international accreditation in HACCP certification, a significant tool for quality assurance and a platform of confidence and trust between exporters and importers. Funded by the Australian and New Zealand Government aid programmes, the Pacific Horticultural...

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Tonga sends first shipment of squash to China

Published Friday, December 02 2016

The first ever shipment of Tongan squash to China left Tonga this week, after Tongatapu exporter Nishi Trading successfully passed a strict quarantine inspection on Saturday, 26 November 2016. A delegation from the People’s Republic of China General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) inspected the container of squash at Nishi Trading’s Packing...

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Promoting Solomon Islands arts & crafts

Published Wednesday, November 30 2016

To promote sales of Solomon Islands arts and crafts, PHAMA is funding work to educate tourists about what products they can take home. Production of arts and crafts such as carvings, baskets, jewelry is an important livelihood for many villages and communities in Solomon Islands. The nation boasts some of the most beautiful arts and crafts in...

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Solar kiln to improve SI sawn timber export quality

Published Wednesday, October 26 2016

In its efforts to encourage additional downstream processing and value adding of timber in the Solomon Islands, the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program has funded the purchase of a solar kiln to dry timber for export. Solomon Islands exports around SBD78.5 million (AUD $13 million) worth of sawn timber annually, of which...

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Safeguarding the future of the kava export industry

Published Monday, October 24 2016

Kava is an important agricultural commodity for a number of Pacific Island Countries, forming an integral part of cultural, economic and social life. It is estimated that 30,000 households are involved in its cultivation in Vanuatu, with a further 3,000 earning an income from the kava trade and retail (nakamal) operations. Kava is widely consumed...

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