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Seaweed stakeholders discuss export options

By ROPATE VALEMEI
Monday, May 20, 2013

Update: 2:08PM SEAWEED producers, government officers and aquaculture stakeholders in Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands are part of the International Seaweed Symposium in Bali, Indonesia.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community, through the European Union-funded increasing agricultural commodity trade (IACT) project, has been working with seaweed farming communities in the Pacific to identify new export markets for their products.  

The six-day symposium showcases the results of some of the latest research into processed and semi-refined seaweed products that can possibly be used in value-adding opportunities like the manufacture of sausages, patties, shampoos, coffee and snacks. 

IACT aquaculture officer Avinash Singh says this can be a useful source of income for local communities in isolated outer islands, where few alternative income-generating opportunities exist.


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