Pacific Agricultural & Forestry Policy Network

Effective policies rely on good information. Policy makers from the region identified weak communication, poor engagement of stakeholders, and lack of timely information as constraints to the development of effective Pacific agricultural and forestry policies and the enforcement and implementation of existing ones. A robust regional information exchange was identified as a valuable tool to strengthen communication in the area of agricultural and forestry policy.

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The export of horticultural & high-value agricultural products from the Pacific islands(A. McGregor) The export of horticultural & high-value agricultural products from the Pacific islands(A. McGregor)

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Quarantine restrictions are major obstacles to agricultural exports from the Pacific Island Countries to developed country markets. The paper points to the best developed country market prospects for Pacific agricultural exports if the quarantine barriers can be overcome. It also discusses the most important plant quarantine issues and what needs to be done to overcome these problems so that the export markets can be developed. A recommendation is made to the Pacific-wide, scientific and technical assistance effort to promote agricultural exports from the region and allow the region to participate in the rapid global growth in trade in high-value agricultural commodities.

Author: Andrew M. McGregor
Managing Director of the Trade and Development Office, Suva Fiji and is an AusAID Rural  Development Advisor.
Date:2 October 2007

Pacific Economic Bulletin Volume 22 Number 3 October 2007 © Asia Pacific Press

PAFPNet provides an opportunity for stakeholders to connect, share and engage in forums and activities intended for the development of effective agriculture and forestry policies.  It also offers a platform for Pacific stakeholders to correlate with those from other regions and institutions and learn from their experiences in agricultural and forestry policy development and implementation.  PAFPNet is forging closer alliances and cooperation with other regional and international networks, particularly with the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

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