Press Release

Local vanilla exporters embrace APEC

11/08/2018

Representatives from the Small to Medium Vanilla Exporters of East Sepik have embraced the Third APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM3) to establish network to expand the future of their vanilla industry in the province.

Representatives from the Small to Medium Vanilla Exporters of East Sepik have embraced the Third APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM3) to establish network to expand the future of their vanilla industry in the province.

Representative Philemon Minilisit, a Department of Agriculture and Livestock officer from the East Sepik Provincial government said the opportunities are endless and one must take the first step to network and forge partnerships.

‘’Our goals are to provide to the world the organic Vanilla produce to support our rural vanilla growers to get optimum benefits and strive in meeting external markets demands through marketing channels that we are now pursing to establish,’’ said Minilisit.

He said the joy of cultivating organic vanilla and actively involved in getting to meet the quality standards of processing vanilla beans to achieve optimum vanillin content per vanilla has been their utmost desire.

Minisilit highlighted unfair trade activities with third party buyers over the PNG-Indonesian border that has seen local farmers lose the end of their bargain but hopes that this will be addressed soon after this food security meeting is over. He added that attending the SOM3 meeting on Food Security has sparked interest among delegates from the 21 APEC economies who have visited their booth.

Meantime, the small enterprise hopes to create a vanilla extraction facility that will benefit all the small holder farmers and meet export standards in the near future.

Sepik Organic vanilla is a success of the benefits of hosting APEC meetings in the country.