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New program to boost PNG agricultural exports

Published Thursday, November 19 2015

Australia and Papua New Guinea today launched a new program to increase Papua New Guinea’s agricultural exports. Australia will expand the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program to PNG, providing practical assistance to the public and private sectors to increase the export of horticultural and agricultural produce to regional and international markets. Increasing...

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Solomon Islands cocoa among the world’s best

Published Thursday, October 29 2015

Cocoa grown, fermented and dried in Solomon Islands has won a leading international cocoa award overnight in Paris, France. Selected from 145 samples from around the globe, Solomon Islands cocoa has been awarded the International Cocoa Award, with judges hailing it as the ‘find of the competition’. Earlier this year the Australian Government sponsored a...

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Solomon Islands timber industry reaches agreement with New Zealand market

Published Tuesday, August 18 2015

Last week the Solomon Islands sawn timber industry hosted a delegation of the New Zealand timber industry. Solomon Islands currently exports around SBD 23 million (NZ$4 million) of sawn timber to New Zealand each year with the value of the trade having increased significantly over the past 10 years. The New Zealand delegation comprised some...

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Event highlights outstanding quality of Samoa’s export commodities

Published Wednesday, April 08 2015

An array of Samoa’s potential export commodities was proudly showcased under one roof during the recent Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters (SAME) event, ‘Buy Samoa Made’, held in Sydney. About forty of Samoa’s potential exporters gathered for the trade show along with industry and government officials from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific...

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South Pacific timber delegation investigates value-added exports

Published Wednesday, April 08 2015

A recent Solomon Islands Timber Export Mission to New Zealand and Australia has been deemed invaluable and opened discussion about the potential of value-added, sawn timber exports in the region. The group of Solomon Islands timber exporters and government officials visited Australia and New Zealand to meet with exporters and importers to investigate the market...

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Vanuatu’s ‘mamas’ poised to boost handicraft sales to tourists

Published Wednesday, March 25 2015

Vanuatu’s handicraft ‘mamas’ will soon benefit from information guides and posters developed by PHAMA in partnership with Biosecurity Vanuatu. The practical guides and posters were launched by Vanuatu’s Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Ham Lini Vanuaroro, at a recent event in Port Vila attended by local tourism industry representatives and the Australian and New Zealand High...

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Fiji to benefit from locally-made cinnamon and vanilla bean pastes

Published Monday, March 23 2015

New and lucrative national and international markets are opening up for Fiji’s herbs and spices industry following the recent launch of ‘Spices of Fiji’s’ new cinnamon and vanilla bean pastes.   Spices of Fiji, the country’s oldest spice company, and the University of the South Pacific were behind the development and launch of the new...

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New Solomon Islands Cocoa Laboratory Officially Opened

Published Monday, February 23 2015

A National Cocoa Testing Laboratory was officially opened this morning by the visiting Australian Parliamentary Secretary the Hon Steven Ciobo and the Minister for Commerce, Industries, Labour & Immigration, William Marau. Located within the Commodity Export Marketing Authority Office, the new laboratory enables exporters for the first time to test their beans and receive accreditation...

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PHAMA Heads of Quarantine – a new regional forum for trade

Published Tuesday, March 12 2013

An important new forum for addressing technical market access issues – the PHAMA Heads of Quarantine group – was launched in Fiji in mid-October. All Heads of Quarantine of the five PHAMA countries – Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu – attended the inaugural meeting along with key players from the private sector in...

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Australia helps Tonga Grow

Published Monday, July 16 2012

Tonga Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano and Australian High Commissioner Thomas Roth today commissioned a backup generator for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries (MAFFF) fumigation facility, which will help Tongan farmers export their produce and generate much needed revenue and income for the people of the Kingdom. “The generator will significantly reduce the...

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