HANAMOA Organics, the producer of local virgin coconut oil from Abau, Central, hopes to expand its market opportunities during the Apec meetings.
Hanomoa Organics representative Karo Martin said the company was excited about the opportunity to expose its products through its small and medium-sized enterprise stall at the meeting venue in Port Moresby. The family business processes coconuts into cold-pressed organic virgin oil and soap products.
“We’ve been producing virgin coconut oil, soap and body wash locally for customers in Port Moresby on a small scale,” Martin said.
“We want to introduce our products to the world through Apec, and find someone who can link us to markets and finally get our products launched.
“Bottling the product is a problem because of the cost involved in importing non-lid bottles from Australia and purchasing lids elsewhere.”
Committee of Trade and Investments co-chairperson Julie Wapo said she understood the struggles of local SMEs. “We are looking at ways to assist our SMEs and how we can facilitate their needs, getting the right regulations in place,” she said.
“It will cost an SME K3 million to bottle coconut products and have it available on a world market. We are looking at a right policy that will change the landscape of how people will benefit.”