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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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Lesson from the past paves the way forward for Samoa’s exports

Published Tuesday, February 13 2018

When the European Union made a decision to ban kava imports in 2002, kava-producing countries in the Pacific were left reeling from the impact of the ban. Among those countries was Samoa which has since come a long way in preventing a repeat of that experience with its other export commodities. Speaking at the Pacific...

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PHAMA acknowledges partners for progress

Published Thursday, February 01 2018

The Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program in Papua New Guinea continues to gain recognition for its progress in export market facilitation. PHAMA PNG attributes this to its successful working relationship with stakeholders, including the PNG Government. At the PHAMA Coordinating Committee meeting in Nadi, Fiji last week, PHAMA PNG’s Senior National Coordinator,...

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Fiji ready for next phase of PHAMA

Published Tuesday, January 30 2018

Fiji is ready for PHAMA Plus. These were the sentiments of Losalini Leweniqila, Fiji’s National Coordinator for the Australia and New Zealand-funded Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program at the PHAMA Coordinating Committee meeting in Nadi last week. The two-day meeting was attended by key government and private sector representatives from Fiji, Papua...

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Regional stakeholders meet to discuss PHAMA’s future

Published Thursday, January 25 2018

Key representatives from government and the private sectors of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu are in Nadi this week for the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program Coordinating Committee meeting. The meeting will assess the performance of PHAMA’s work in export market facilitation in the 6 target countries....

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Feature: Market study reveals plight of PNG’s coffee industry

Published Tuesday, January 23 2018

A recent market study of Papua New Guinea’s coffee industry has revealed several major issues that prevent the sector from generating higher volumes and prices of coffee. Among the issues highlighted are chronic infrastructure problems, law and order breakdown, lack of knowledge and training among coffee farmers, the outbreak of the Coffee Berry Borer and...

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Masterclass motivates growers to take up value-adding initiatives

Published Monday, November 27 2017

Every harvesting season, Hagar Maesite’e makes a long and arduous journey on foot to the next village to sell wet cocoa beans. Carrying at least 50 kilograms of wet beans, the journey spans at least 15 kilometres and often takes an entire day across rough and rugged terrain. It’s hard going for Hagar and her...

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Handicrafts video, vendor guide to boost sales of Vanuatu handicrafts

Published Thursday, November 02 2017

To promote the sale of handicrafts in Vanuatu, a handicrafts biosecurity awareness video and handicrafts vendor guide were launched during the Pacific Week of Agriculture in Port Vila last month. Hon. Matai Seremaiah Nawalu, Vanuatu’s Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Forestry and Biosecurity jointly launched the video and vendor guide with Jenny Da Rin, Australian...

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