23 Feb 2015

Solomons cocoa lab should mean higher prices

8:14 am on 23 February 2015

The Solomon Islands government says a new cocoa quality testing laboratory will have a significant impact on the industry.

cocoa tree in Papua New Guinea

cocoa tree in Papua New Guinea Photo: RNZ

The laboratory, built with the help of the Australian government and the secretariat of the Pacific Community, was opened last week.

It will be the first time exporters have been able to test their beans and get an assessment of their quality.

In a statement the government says an accreditation of quality will lead to higher prices on the international market.