Kilala Tatani is a smallholder at Napapar #2, she tells us a little of the process and schedule for an order of 1000 coconuts.
Her family is one of many smallholders who all regularly supply Niugini Organics with a standard order of 1000 wild-harvested coconuts each month. Lavinia Tovue is our Smallholder Coordinator. She schedules the orders and is also taking this interview in Kuana, a Tolai language.
Lavinia also ensures that our organisation meets organic standards. She also does regular field trips to address farmers concerns. An annual audit is also taken of properties by a Australian representative from the OFC for organic certification.
Kilala addresses what many families in the area have faced; fluctuating copra prices and an unstable economy -especially since the relocation of the capital Rabaul due to the 1994 volcanic eruptions. Many businesses never recovered.
The high market price paid for organic coconuts to smallholders, and the consistent demand generated by Niugini Organics, is therefore highly valuable to the local community.
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