12 Aug 2008

Organic standards to add value to agricultural produce

10:26 am on 12 August 2008

Organic standards for agricultural produce in the Pacific region have been developed and will be officially launched in Samoa next month.

Adi Maimalaga Tafuna'i , executive director of Samoa's NGO Women in Business Inc. says complying with organic standards is always a major issue especially for agricultural exports.

Last year the NGO launched Samoa's coconut oil to the world through the international skin care brand, the Body Shop.

Adi Tafuna'i says it was exciting to have helped develop organic standards with New Zealand and Pacific expertise which is crucial to competing with international markets.

"We've actually helped to develop some organic standards that are specific to the Pacific, and that's going to be launched very soon in September in Samoa through the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. We've been very much a part of that because we see our future in the Pacific will be in agriculture, because agriculture is really our most sustainable source of anything to do economically."

Adi Tafuna'i says an organic standard throughout the Pacific region will add value to the small quantities of agricultural produce for export.