Cocoa, coconut productions increase

President of the Highlands Farmers and Settlers Association (HFSA), Wilson Thompson commended the Cocoa Board and Agmark NGIP, Eliven Cocoa and Middleton and Sons and smallholder farmer members that continues to drive the industry.

The Cocoa industry export figures for 2022 is 40,024 metric tonnes of export bringing in total of K313,603,141 million foreign currency.

This is increase from 2021 at 36,540 metric tonnes valued at K308,137,759 which is on the steady increase from 2021 at 32,905 metric tonnes (K274,863,434 million).

Six pilot projects plus market study launched to enhance competitiveness of Pacific coconut industry

The projects are thanks to a joint initiative joint initiative of the European Union, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the Pacific Community (SPC). 

The enterprises identified as pilot projects will receive support in the form of technical assistance and equipment meant to enhance competitiveness in the coconut sector. They include Mailelani Samoa Body Care, Samoa Coconut Cluster (SCC), Serendi Coco Samoa Ltd., Women in Business Development (WIBDI), Elcress Agra, and Ambrym Coconut Farmers Cooperative Society Ltd (ACFC).

Is coconut oil healthy?

But despite popular health claims about coconut oil, a report from the American Heart Association recently advised against its use, stating that it increases LDL cholesterol (a cause of cardiovascular disease) and has no known offsetting effects.

Plant coconut for food security

This was the message at a workshop on environment and food security on Lou Island, Manus.

The UNDP funded project through the Lou Island Coastline Rehabilitation, a non-profit organization launched the ‘Plant a Tree” initiative last week.

The workshop was attended by people from Baluan,Lou and Pam Islands,

President of Balopa LLG, Ngenge Sasa told participants that most island and coastal communities fail to plant new trees to replace the aging coconut trees.

“Most of the coconut trees we live on now were planted by our grandfathers and parents,” Sasa said.