News of Organic Industry
An organic guarantee and labelling system created under the auspices of the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has met with success in New Caledonia, with certified organic fruit and vegetables being welcomed by consumers at markets and supermarkets around the territory.
This is reported by the Solomon Times. The guarantee system, the first of its kind in the Pacific Islands, is overseen by Bio Caledonia, a New Caledonia association created in 2009. Under the system, known internationally as a 'Participatory Guarantee System', farmers and consumers work together in local groups around the territory to ensure that products are produced in accordance with the Pacific organic standard. Certified products carry the Organic Pasifika guarantee label.
Certified organic products meet standards equivalent to those of the European Union and, once a system of third party certification is in place, they will be eligible for export to Europe. More than 20 New Caledonia farmers have received, or are about to receive, Organic Pasifika certification. In addition to fruit and vegetable farmers, chicken and beef producers are in the process of being certified.
2012.03.23 by Kai Kreuzer