Papua New Guinea’s vanilla sector success relies on education and regulation

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PNG was the second-largest global grower of vanilla last year, producing about 250 metric tonnes, but leading processor and exporter, Paradise Spices, is calling for regulation of the sector to resolve supply and quality issues. Karina Makori, the company’s General Manager tells Business Advantage PNG inflated prices have halted production of vanilla products for the past nine months.

Entrepreneurs: Max Puritau, Paradise Spices

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Managing generational change is a big challenge for any business. We meet 26-year-old Max Puritau, who has taken over his parents’ business, Paradise Spices, and is seeing exports soaring.

Agribusiness [sector profile]

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Papua New Guinea’s agricultural sector has a number of competitive advantages, including high seasonal rainfall, good quality soil and low-intensity methods. The absence of pesticides and artificial fertilisers presents opportunities for PNG to position itself as a leading organic producer. Palm oil, coffee and cocoa are Papua New Guinea’s three most valuable agricultural commodities, together […]

A season of healthy growth

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Farming expertise, rich soil and high rainfall are behind Papua New Guinea’s organic strength. Agriculture accounted for more than 30% of Papua New Guinea’s GDP in 2011, according to World Bank figures. The sector expanded at a moderate pace in 2011, with many cash crops responding to high international prices. PNG’s most valuable cash crops—oil […]

Selling PNG’s produce to the world

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Papua New Guinea’s produce and products continue to find new markets overseas. Currently, the vast bulk of PNG’s exports are raw or part-processed commodities such as coffee, cocoa, palm oil and timber, although there is an increased emphasis on value-adding prior to export. The way to market differs depending on the produce. Commodity exports PNG […]