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Pacific exchange in drive for quality cocoa exports

Published Wednesday, March 16 2016

Cocoa testing authorities from across the Pacific region have been in Honiara this month to share expertise on cocoa quality testing and improve their capacity. This is part of a wider drive to improve the quality and reputation of Pacific cocoa, so that it can be sold into higher priced international markets. The Pacific Horticultural...

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Pacific Cocoa Export Industry Overview

Published Wednesday, March 09 2016

Background Cocoa production in the Pacific has a long history and was once a thriving industry, with Pacific cocoa sought for its fine flavours and unique qualities. However, global competition, natural disasters, cocoa diseases and under-investment have led to progressive long-term decline of the industry. Today, cocoa remains an important cash crop in PNG, Samoa,...

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Improving import conditions for pacific handicrafts

Published Monday, December 07 2015

Throughout the Pacific, woven mats and tapa cloths are used for social, ceremonial and decorative purposes. These handicrafts are often bought by tourists as a cultural memento of the Pacific Country they visited. Irrespective of size, woven mats and tapa cloths are permitted into New Zealand. However, up until recently, a requirement for these goods...

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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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