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PNG's Pomio District Exports first Cocoa to Japan

The first export for rural cocoa farmers at the Poio ward in the Melkoi LLG of Pomio district was dispatched today via Tokua and Port Moresby to its intended Japanese market.

Destined for its buyer - Tachibana Company in Japan, the 500-kilograms of smoke taint free cocoa beans are the first of a total of 2 tons that will be delivered to the company.

This arrangement was made possible through assistance from the United Nations Development Programme or UNDP financial project under the Global Environment Facility or GEF that it facilitates in the country, through relevant government agencies.

UNDP GEF Field Coordinator Raymond Joshua, who has been with this cocoa project since day one, said it’s a relief that the first bags of cocoa beans were airlifted out.

There are plans to trial a mini chocolate factory under this partnership, which also includes the Pomio District Development Authority (DDA).

He iterated that after the 2 tons are supplied to Tachibana, they are looking at inviting the Japanese buyer back to re-negotiate for a much bigger volume of export from Poio ward.

NBC News / PNG Today

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