AGRICULTURE INDUSTRIES

 

Welcome to Agriculture Industries development section. This section is responsible to coordinate, monitor and report on specific programmes, policies/incentives, strategies in regards to diversification of specific value added products within the agriculture industry.
Since 80 percent of our population lives and are informally engaged in the agriculture sector, our role in promoting and implementing the National Industrial Policy is to promote and facilitate processing and or value addition of agricultural products at community and island level. Because of the geographical location of our islands, transportation to access markets are expensive therefore it is economically relevant to ensure that traditional and non-traditional export products are processed, value added in compliance to quality standards and facilitated to have equitable access to domestic and export markets. Our programs are delivered in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and private sector stakeholders in the agriculture industries.


Some of our programs includes the:

 

Cocoa Integrated Project (2012-2013):

This program is supported by SPC/PARDI program aiming at improving the quality of cocoa through improved plantation management, drying and testing technologies inorder to have direct access premium markets. Cocoa Growers Association (CGA) in Malekula is the direct beneficiary to this program through their very well organized co-operative network of cocoa producers. This project is coordinated by Mr Wensie Naki, Senior Industry Development Officer (Forestry and Fisheries Industries) and Acting Principal Manufacturing Industries.


Agro-tourism Initiative (On-going):

This is a new initiative spearheaded by the Department of Tourism in collaboration with the Department of Industry and Agriculture to assist local agricultural producers has indirect export market access to the growing tourism markets. National Statistics Office will assist to develop and conduct market surveys to identify market requirements and demands, Department of Agriculture will advise farmers on specific crop production and all assist to link markets through relevant arrangements.


Improving Processing and Marketing to Improve Tamarind Value Chain in Vanuatu:

This program is supported by PARDI focusing at improving processing technologies and skills by tamarind farmers in Vanuatu. Other components look at product and market developments.


In summary, most of our services are delivered around promoting and facilitating establishment of agro-based manufacturing industries, product quality improvements and market access facilitation. A lot more programs are being implemented and planned for this sector, should you require further information and assistance, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Noel Kalo, Senior Industry Development Officer – Agriculture and Livestock Industries by email nkalo@vanuatu.gov.vu or call 23606/5565102

 

 


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