CEMA encourages down stream processing
Quoting the Solomon Star newspaper 19 October 2018
“COMMODITIES Export Marking Authority (CEMA) will be working closely with the local farmers to obtain the best quality cocoa and coconut products as part of encouraging downstream processing.
“CEMA Chief Produce Inspector Patterson Siliota highlighted this during the closing of the World Food Day celebration yesterday in Honiara.
At the event CEMA demonstrated the process of extracting best quality product from cocoa and coconut.
“From these quality cocoa and copra products a number of by-products can be produced for sales and export.
“According to Mr Siliota a good number of coconut and cocoa farmers in the rural areas benefit almost every week from producing cocoa and copra.
“Mr Siliota stated that CEMA has already fulfilled some of its dream to construct a factory.
“One of the fine examples of a coconut down processing company is the Pacific Kokonut Oil which is now producing virgin oil, soaps, perfumes and other products.
“He said such investment has provided employment for the locals.”
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