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Papua New Guinea - a stronger value chain


Palaniappan, G and Birch, CJ, Papua New Guinea - a stronger value chain, Farming Matters Magazine, The Netherlands (2011) [Magazine Article]


Like in many other parts of the world, farmers in Papua New Guinea only develop "opportunistic relationships" with input suppliers, transporters, wholesalers and consumers, limiting them to a specific transaction or moment. As a result, they have little or no bargaining power, and no influence on their products’ price. A project aimed at increasing vegetable production in the area around Port Moresby, and interested in supplying the markets in the country’s capital city, therefore started by getting stakeholders together and trying to strengthen the linkages between them. Focusing on the expectations of consumers and suppliers, this process has led to agreements in terms of the crops to grow, the quantities to be produced, and the frequency of supply. Farmers in Rigo Koiari, Bautana, Tapini and Sogeri in the Central Province, are now growing the agreed crops (including tomatoes, capsicum, cabbages and beans), and will be benefitting from the links with Greenfresh, the main commercial partner in the project, who will buy their produce.

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Biomedical engineering
Research Field:Biomedical instrumentation
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural crops
Objective Field:Ornamentals, natives, flowers and nursery plants
UTAS Author:Palaniappan, G (Dr Gomathy Palaniappan)
UTAS Author:Birch, CJ (Associate Professor Colin Birch)
ID Code:73094
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2011-09-12
Last Modified:2014-04-07

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