|SPC assists Marshall Islands with copra processing|
|Wednesday, 29 August 2012 11:11|
A mission to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) was undertaken in July by SPC Market Access Specialist and Acting Coordinator of the Biosecurity and Trade Team in the Land Resources Division, Mr Josua Waniqolo, in response to request by the RMI government made during the 7th meeting of the Pacific Plant Protection Organisation held concurrently with the 15th Regional Technical Meeting for Plant Protection in Fiji last June. The mission was also a follow-up on the work that the Late Roy Masamdu and Tevita Kete worked on in 2011 for Tobolar Copra Processing Plant Inc. (TCCPI).
The objective of the mission was to work with TCCPI and assist in drafting standard operating procedures (SOPs) as required by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS). The mission was vital for RMI, in that it contributed greatly to facilitating RMI’s access to the Australian market for export of its copra meal.
Mr Wainiqolo also held talks with senior staff of TCCPI on areas requiring improvement and he worked on a number of recommendations to facilitate compliance to Australian requirements.
An AQIS accreditation audit process has been planned for TCCPI and it is envisaged that improvements will be completed prior to the audit exercise. Work is currently under way on the renovation and refurbishment of the processing facility, with SOPs that will be edited by SPC on completion of the renovation.