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PNG adds new flavour to specialty choc market

Published Tuesday, August 07 2018

For more than 10 years, Grace Klembasa toiled away on cocoa farms in Aitape, West Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea. With young twin daughters to support, the single mother devoted herself to a life of hardwork; a chapter that is now yielding rewards beyond her imagination. Grace’s journey to success began with a sample...

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Export demand reignites interest in farming

Published Tuesday, July 24 2018

Farmers in Tonga are taking a renewed interest in growing squash as export demand for this agricultural produce increases. As the island kingdom continues to recover in the aftermath of a category 4 tropical cyclone in February, squash growers and exporters are making every effort to supply what they can. Squash grower and exporter Nishi...

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Fiji Kava Value Chain Analysis – ABC Radio Interview

Published Thursday, July 19 2018

PHAMA's National Coordinator in Fiji, Losalini Leweniqila, speaks to Seini Taumoepeau on ABC Radio's Pacific Mornings show

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Quality Standards for Pacific Kava – Dateline Pacific radio interview

Published Friday, July 13 2018

PHAMA's Deputy Team Leader Semy Siakimotu is interviewed by Radio New Zealand journalist Tim Glasgow

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Taking Pacific kava quality to new heights

Published Thursday, July 12 2018

A kava bar in the United States, a nakamal in Vanuatu and that “baby mix” any day of the week in Fiji all share one thing in common: kava. Not just any kava, what’s in demand is quality kava. Quality is the new buzzword across kava-producing Pacific island countries today and a motivating factor for...

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Fiji launches kava value chain analysis

Published Friday, June 15 2018

Fiji is experiencing a second kava boom fuelled by domestic demand rather than exports. This is among the key findings of the first value chain analysis done of the kava sector. Acting Minister for Agriculture Mereseini Vuniwaqa today launched the Fiji Kava Value Chain Analysis Report, saying the event marked a special day for stakeholders...

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Rayalu: Annual kava exports have bounced back

Published Friday, June 15 2018

More than 70 stakeholders of the kava industry, including growers, traders and exporters, converged at the Southern Cross Hotel in Suva this week for a two-and-a-half-day workshop. Opening the event yesterday, the Ministry of Agriculture’s Deputy Permanent Secretary and Chief Economist Vatimi Rayalu acknowledged and thanked kava growers for continuing to keep the sector “alive”....

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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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