Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT)

The main goal of the European Union-funded Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) project is to strengthen the export capacity of Pacific member countries in the primary industries of agriculture, forestry, aquaculture and livestock. The project employs a whole-of-supply chain approach, assisting commercial ventures and producer groups to become export-oriented, market-driven enterprises that will consistently supply overseas markets with competitive agriculture, forestry and aquaculture products. The project is implemented by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Suva, Fiji and started in June 2011.

SPC assists Kokonut Pacific showcase its coconut products, reviving rural Solomon Island economies

Thursday, 13 September 2012 10:40

Kokonut Pacific received assistance from the European Union-funded Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade project implemented by SPC to participate in the Trade Pasifika 2012 exhibition in Nadi, Fiji.

Kokonut Pacific Solomon Islands has seen its vision of empowering and bringing hope to people come to fruition, as it continues to expand its production base in rural communities.

The company, which was established in Solomon Islands in 2005, produces virgin coconut oil and other coconut-related products that are sold domestically as well as exported to Australia, where the products are re-packed and retailed under the Niulife brand.

Marketing Manager Richard Etherington said they had done a lot to educate the market and this has resulted in a greater interest in the health benefits of coconut oil.

'We are going to expand our production base and products in Solomon Islands and see how we can expand the livelihood base of the communities there,' Etherington said.

About 350 farmers supply coconuts to 30 mini factories spread across the provinces. The company developed the direct micro expelling (DME) system, whereby extra virgin coconut oil is produced within an hour of opening the coconut.

Etherington said the DME system is robust and working very well in Solomon Islands and other countries.

Trade Pasifika 2012 is an initiative of the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation, supported by SPC, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, the United Nations Development Programme - Pacific Centre and the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

The regional trade expo was aimed at providing enterprises with the opportunity to promote their products and services to potential customers within and outside the region.

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