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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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Stakeholders discuss effective communications to control beetle spread

Published Tuesday, March 20 2018

A workshop was held in Honiara on Thursday, 8 March 2018, to discuss better ways of promoting awareness about the threat of the coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB) and communicating key messages to different audiences about controlling the spread of the beetle in the Solomon Islands. Organised by the Australia and New Zealand-funded Pacific Horticultural and...

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Saving the sawn timber market

Published Monday, March 19 2018

The sawn timber industry is seen as being relatively small, but it is a significant component of the Solomon Islands economy, similar in value to other important export commodities such as coconut and cocoa. Annual export of sawn timber is valued at around SBD80million (AUD14m), making it a significant export earner however this represents only...

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Sensory evaluation training to help test cocoa quality

Published Monday, March 12 2018

Twenty one participants from the cocoa industry around Papua New Guinea attended a three-day Sensory Evaluation Capacity Training at Tavilo, East New Britain last week. They travelled from as far as West and East Sepik, Bougainville, Morobe, Madang and East New Britain provinces. The training was facilitated by the Australia and New Zealand-funded Pacific Horticultural...

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Celebrating the achievements of our women partners

Published Thursday, March 08 2018

International Women’s Day (IWD) is recognised globally on 8 March.  It represents an opportunity to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women while calling for change. IWD 2018 is a call to action to help forge a better, more gender inclusive working world. This year’s theme is #PressforProgress. The Australian Government Department of...

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New equipment to aid cyclone recovery efforts in Tonga

Published Friday, March 02 2018

As part of efforts to help Tonga clean up in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Gita, chainsaws, safety equipment and chainsaw safety training are being provided to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Forests and Fisheries (MAFFF) by the Australia and New Zealand-funded Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program. Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner...

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IWG a platform of collaboration for high-value coconut product industry stakeholders

Published Wednesday, February 28 2018

High-value coconut products or HVCPs are gaining more popularity over copra production in PNG’s coconut industry. Although they make up a small proportion of exports in PNG, HVCPs offer a source of regular income for families living in rural areas and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) which produce virgin coconut oil, soaps and other coconut-based...

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Training initiatives improve capacity of local coffee producer

Published Monday, February 26 2018

Sirigine Coffee Producers is located in Chimbu Province in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Company founder, Paul Sirigine, started out as a smallholder coffee farmer in the 1990s, supplying coffee to local exporters including Monpi, Outspan PNG and New Guinea Highlands. The company has been working in partnership with coffee-growing communities in the Bomai...

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Pacific neighbours laud Tonga’s export breakthrough

Published Friday, February 16 2018

Tonga has been congratulated by its neighbours for its success in establishing a pathway for squash exports to China. At a regional coordinating meeting for the Australia and New Zealand-funded Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program in late January, participants from the region were keen to know how Tonga was able to quickly...

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