Figure 1: Photo from left:
Maopa ward member, Dr Eremas Tade (KIK Rep), Julien Leka-Maliaki (Aust High Commission/PHAMA), Geno Lama(Aroma Coconut Products Owner), Hon. Robert Agarobe (Governor Central Province) & Community leader. Photo taken after the presentation of HACCP certificates to Geno and his workers.
Aroma Coconut Products Ltd received its Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points certification (HACCP) on the 27th of November . They are the fourth coconut Micro Small to Medium Enterprise (MSME) to receive HACCP certification. The MSME development program on downstream processing of coconut into high value coconut products (HVCP) started in 2014 after the Government of PNG appropriated funding under the Public Investment Program (PIP) Budget. Through this program, Kokonas Indastri Koporesen had been guiding all its MSMEs to be accredited with the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point certification. Purposely HACCP is for quality control for coconut products. The HACCP standards are aligned to the codex Alimentarius which complies with the international food safety standards.
Aroma Coconut limited is a cooperative society, located in Maopa village, Aroma Coast of Central province. They are one of the successful coconut business in PNG producing coconut virgin oil, lotions and soaps under the brand name Aromantic.
The launching and the presentation of HACCP certificate took place in Aroma District. Hon. Robert Agarobe, the Governor for Central Province, officially presented the HACCP certificates to Aroma Coconut Product Limited Owner Mr Geno Lama and his staff. The accreditation was presented to certify the processing facility and also certificates were presented to each employee. The staff that received the certificate are now qualified to work in any factory with HACCP standards.
KIK General Manager for Research & Development Dr Eremas Tade with KIK senior delegates, Mrs Juliene Leka from the Australian High Commission/PHAMA, Ms Lavenia – PHAMA representative, Acting Provincial administrator for Aroma district, distinguished guest and the general public witnessed the ceremony. AusAid PHAMA economist, Mrs Juliene Leka Maliaki during her speech mentioned, the HACCP certificate is costly to obtain and the company with the staff are fortunate to receive it, as only a few food processing facilities in the world are HACCP certified. She said, “The process also provided capacity building for the employees of the company”.
Mr Geno Lamar, Aroma Coconut Product Manager thanked KIK for their funding over the years in guaranteeing that his facility and his employees are HACCP certified. He said, “Aroma Coconut product is now producing high value coconut products that is of international standards, we are now equipped, confident and ready to target international markets for exports, because that is where the money is”.
He encouraged the coconut farmers in the district that they can earn income by supplying him with coconuts. Normally farmers sell their bags of coconut to Aroma Coconut Ltd at a price of K20-K40 per bag.
Kokonas Indastri Koporesen General Manager for Research & Development, Dr Eremas Tade during his speech said, “At this occasion, KIK acknowledges the partnership with Pacific Horticultural and Market Access (PHAMA) for PNG, that co funded the HACCP program. KIK is currently being guided by the Coconut Markets for PNG technical report by PHAMA to assist coconut MSMEs on the downstream processing of high value coconut products. On behalf of KIK, Dr Tade congratulated Mr Geno for achieving this vital certification.
1. Weni & Mendol Ltd – Wewak, East Sepik Province
2. Rabaul Virgin Coconut Oil – Rabaul, East New Britain Province.
3. Niugini Organics – Kerevat, East New Britain Province.
4. Aroma Coconut Products – Maopa, Central Province.
Twelve Coconut MSME’s are still in process to receive their HACCP certification.
KIK in collaboration with PHAMA will continue their programs to partner with districts and provincial governments to implement coconut MSME development in the country.