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Samoa launches ‘Ava Standard, Regulation

Published Monday, June 04 2018

The launch of the Samoa ‘Ava Standard and ‘Ava Regulation marks a new beginning in the country’s efforts to improve the quality of ‘ava. Launched on Friday, 25 May 2018, the standard and regulation have been welcomed by stakeholders of the ‘ava industry. The standard and regulation will guide the way ‘ava and ‘ava products...

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Sawmill operation training to aid in rebuilding of homes

Published Friday, June 01 2018

Fallen and damaged trees that were left scattered around parts of Tonga after Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Gita will soon be used to rebuild homes and aid recovery efforts. This week, 32 representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests (MAFF), Latter Day Saints (LDS) Church, Tonga National Youth Congress, Tupou College and Mainstreaming...

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New skills in sensory analysis for fishing industry

Published Wednesday, May 30 2018

Staff of SolTuna Limited and National Fisheries Developments (NFD) Limited can now use sensory techniques to assess the quality of fish products. This follows their completion of a Seafood Sensory Analysis training that has enabled them to make assessments using their sense of smell, sight, touch and taste. Sensory analysis of seafood is a tool...

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PNG ready to go on show at expo

Published Tuesday, May 01 2018

The 34th Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum and Trade Expo gets underway this week in Brisbane. The Forum is the major annual business meeting between Australia and Papua New Guinea. It provides a platform for business leaders from both countries to discuss issues with the aim of enhancing the bilateral business relationship. This year’s...

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Bridging the gap in the world of cocoa

Published Monday, April 23 2018

On the shelves of a quaint, little bakery in the town of Orford in Suffolk, England, bars of single-origin chocolate dressed in neat brown packages are lined up in rows. This is the home of Pump Street Bakery Chocolate, an award-winning brand of bean-to-bar premium chocolate. Among its range of fine, dark chocolate bars is...

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PNG’s Banz Kofi achieves international accreditation

Published Wednesday, April 04 2018

Banz Kofi Fektori has become the first coffee producer in Papua New Guinea to achieve the internationally recognised Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) accreditation. HACCP is an internationally recognised way of managing food safety and protecting consumers. This accreditation means Banz Kofi products can be exported to Australian and other countries where HACCP...

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Financial literacy training boosts skills of handicrafts trainees

Published Thursday, March 29 2018

A financial literacy training was held last week for handicrafts business owners of Mahitahi Handicrafts and Haus blong Handikrafs in Vanuatu. The training was organised by the Australian and New Zealand-funded Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program as part of the ‘Building Voices for Women’s Leadership’ pilot project. The pilot project was developed...

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New association to aid revival of Vanuatu sandalwood exports

Published Friday, March 23 2018

Sandalwood stakeholders in Vanuatu have formed an association to help revive sandalwood exports. This means key representatives from the public and private sectors of the industry now have a common platform through the Vanuatu Islands Sandalwood Association (VISA) where they can meet and discuss industry challenges and identify appropriate and suitable solutions to those issues....

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Food safety compliance an issue of national interest

Published Thursday, March 22 2018

Exporters and staff of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) in Samoa were reminded of the importance of the Food Safety Program during training last week. The training was organised by the Australia and New Zealand-funded Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program to create awareness of the value of the Hazard Analysis...

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Fostering unity to promote sustainable forestry and safeguard Pacific livelihoods

Published Wednesday, March 21 2018

From protecting sawn timber exports, saving coconut industries from an aggressive strain of the coconut rhinoceros beetle and supporting the revival of sandalwood exports, forestry is an important area of work for the PHAMA Program. At the core of its support for its forestry-related activities, PHAMA has always strived to ensure its approach promotes sustainable...

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