Remote people of Pomio in East New Britain will now export quality cocoa produce to Japan.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Pomio District, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Government’s Conservation and Environment Protection Authority.
Under the Memorandum, the United Nations will continue to provide technical and business training to improve the supply chain that supports the production and delivery of cocoa to markets.
Pomio District will bring in technical expertise from relevant government departments, including the Cocoa Board, to support and run this as a business cooperative.
Lack of transport infrastructure has been an issue, making it difficult for farmers to supply products to international markets.
The MOU was signed in Kokopo recently.