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DAL Eyes Regulating the Spice Industry

The Department of Agriculture and Livestock, is eyeing regulatory measures for the spice industry to ensure the department has control over it at the global spice market.

At a meeting with the European Union (EU) with a FAO team leading a discussion on the EU funded strait project in Maprik, it was pointed out that without regulatory oversight, the spice industry has been experiencing ups and downs here in PNG.

“I think it’s important that we have to regulate the spice industry in Papua New Guinea because the quality is decreasing and the pricing is determined through the quality,” Agriculture and Livestock Minister John Simon said.

“Quantity and quality control is very important in the market,” he said.

During the DAL ministerial visit to commercial hub of the Central Sepik region in Maprik town, many people especially the rural spice farmers raised concerns that there is a lack of control in the spice market where the price jumps up and down.

The drop in vanilla price has been a major talking point for many farmers in the district which also saw a drop in the production of vanilla and a few other spice products in the country.

Mr Simon said the government doesn’t control the price of vanilla and other spices in the industry at the world market but can control prices for other cash crops like cocoa and coffee.

He encouraged farmers to improve the quality of vanilla beans by following the proper drying process to get high quality beans to fetch higher prices.

“Quality control will give you good price for your vanilla beans and steadily increase the price at both the domestic and world market as well, so look after the bean to improve quality for better pricing,” Mr Simon said. Continue reading at https://postcourier.com.pg/dal-eyes-regulating-of-the-spice-industry/ | Post Courier

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