Tuna Market Intelligence is an independent publication, sponsored by the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) to unearth industry and market information from Pacific Island reporters and analysts. This edition acknowledges the PHAMA Program for funding a two-week workshop that has helped more than 100 staff members of SolTuna and the National Fisheries Developments Limited (NFD) of the Solomon Islands to use new sensory analysis skills to assess fresh, cooked and canned tuna. These additional skills help ensure their products are safe and of high quality, ready for export to markets that include Europe and the US.
A collection of 4 posters detailing some findings of the Fiji Kava Value Chain Analysis . The posters specifically outline some key findings of the analysis presented as infographs, the production of kava by provinces in Fiji, the value chain actors and recommendations that propose the way forward for Fiji's kava industry.
Fiji is experiencing a second kava boom. Unlike the boom of the 1990s that was driven by European export demands, the present boom is fuelled largely by domestic and regional demand with a small but important element of exports beyond Pacific island countries. This analysis of the kava value chain is part of efforts to improve the consistency and reliability of Fiji’s kava production and grow exports of quality kava products. The analysis also includes a detailed study of gender and social inclusion aspects.
The PHAMA Program was launched in Papua New Guinea in November 2015. With a focus on addressing constraints to PNG’s access to international markets, PHAMA established relationships with private and public sector partners and identified key industry priorities to increase horticultural and agricultural exports. The program supported the establishments of industry working groups which bring private and public sector stakeholders together to facilitate international market contacts, improve networking and collaboration, and improve market confidence. This report takes a look at PHAMA’s progress in PNG.
‘Ava (also known as kava) plays an important role in Samoan culture and traditions. Conducted to mark important milestones, the ‘ava ceremony is one of Samoa’s most important chiefly customs and is a very formal tradition. This standard, presented in English, provides guidance on minimum requirements for ‘ava quality to all who make up the ‘ava value chain, including consumers. It stipulates guidelines for health and safety measures, including information on approved cultivars.
‘Ava (also known as kava) plays an important role in the Samoan culture and traditions. Conducted to mark important milestones, the ‘ava ceremony is one of Samoa’s most important chiefly customs and a very formal tradition. This standard, translated in the Samoan language, provides guidance on minimum requirements for ‘ava quality to all who make up the ‘ava value chain, including consumers. It stipulates guidelines for health and safety measures, including information on approved cultivars.
The objective of these Regulations is to protect consumers and facilitate trade by ensuring product safety and quality standards of ’ava and ’ava products for human consumption. These Regulations apply to ’ava handlers (from primary production, cutting, sorting, drying, storing, transporting, packaging, distributing, and supplying of ’ava intended for human consumption); ’ava and ’ava products; ’ava and ’ava products when indicated as being intended for further processing; and in addition to any requirements under the Act or any of its regulations on food safety and standards; the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures; and the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.
Vanuatu’s traditions and culture are inherited from generation to generation through “kastom” expressed via song, dance, art and various types of handicrafts. These handicrafts serve both practical and cultural purposes across Vanuatu and, with the growth of tourism in Vanuatu in recent years, have become a source of income for some of its people. For visitors to Vanuatu, handicrafts provide an opportunity to engage in a cultural experience and can be purchased as mementos. This guide aims to assist vendors to identify items of potential CITES and quarantine concern to Australia and New Zealand that might be associated with handicrafts sold in Vanuatu.
While many families in Papua New Guinea depend on the production and sale of handicrafts for income, the lack of information about quarantine requirements or biosecurity awareness often limits handicraft sales. This guide has been developed to help artisans and vendors determine if handicraft items are CITES and quarantine compliant. A video has also been developed to help tourists make better informed decisions about what souvenirs they can and cannot take home.
Visitors to Solomon Islands can be hesitant to purchase a handcrafted souvenir from local producers, mainly over concerns that the item will be confiscated at their borders on arrival. This loss of trade affects vendors and impacts on local people, who rely on handicraft sales to meet financial needs within their families and communities. This guide aims to assist vendors and buyers to identify potential quarantine and CITES concerns for Australia and New Zealand, and whether particular Solomon Islands handicraft items are CITES and quarantine compliant.
Kava is an important agricultural commodity for a number of Pacific Island Countries, forming an integral part of cultural, economic and social life. Given the importance of kava to Pacific livelihoods and its significant market and export potential, PHAMA prioritizes assistance to the crop. This manual is a guide for all involved in the production of kava. It can be used as a tool to gauge progress at improving the quality of the kava. With this manual, kava farmers, processors and exporters can better equip themselves with the information and advice they need to advance at domestic, regional and international levels.
The Fiji Kava Standard establishes a level of quality that is applicable to all kava products used as food or food ingredient and/or other kava products intended for human consumption. Developed with the Fiji Kava Quality Manual, the Kava Standard sets a benchmark for farmers, processors and exporters involved in the production of quality kava. The standard also allows stakeholders to ensure a consistent production of quality kava products.
Kava is a significant export commodity in Vanuatu, generating an estimated VUV807 million (AUD 10 million) in annual export earnings, and providing income to over 30,000 households across many of the country’s islands. PHAMA’s assistance to the Vanuatu kava industry is aimed at improving quality assurance systems and standards to ensure that market access into Europe and other markets is maintained. This standard is part of PHAMA’s efforts at raising awareness of correct production, processing and storage at all levels of kava production.
PHAMA has developed the Vanuatu National Quality Standard for Kava Exports into a translated version for the benefit of Vanuatu's Bislama-speaking kava farmers and exporters. The standard is aimed at aimed at improving quality assurance systems and standards to ensure that market access into Europe and other markets is maintained. This standard is also part of PHAMA’s efforts at raising awareness of correct production, processing and storage at all levels of kava production.