SAMOA'S ORGANIC COCONUT OIL A GOOD TEMPLATE
Date: 25 March 2008
Auckland 6am: Samoa's ground breaking international success with
marketing its organic coconut oil is being held up as a model for other
Recently an initiative from the Samoan Women in Business organisation
resulted in a major contract being signed to supply the international
skincare firm The Body Shop with up to 30 tonnes a year of certified
organic coconut oil.
There are about 200 organic farms in Samoa, and they're earning just
over $3 for a kilo for the oil, with another 50 cents a kilo going into
a community development fund.
Oxfam Director Barry Coates says the organic niche market increases the
coconut oil's value by 40% and if copied by other producers, it could be
a major boom for Pacific exports. (LISTEN)
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