Cocoa especially is the topic on everyone’s lips; searching for the best market around the region while local village buyers are going for K2 per kilo.
In Buka alone, the leading cocoa buyer now is Sankamap Exports with K535 per bag. It has now attracted farmers on Buka Island.
The highest buyer on Bougainville is the STI cocoa buying depot in Arawa – K600 per bag – while all others are on K420 and K480 per bag. There are a lot of middlemen and black market cocoa buying operations going on too.