The Australian federal government has partnered with DT Global in an effort to expand agricultural trade between Pacific island countries and Australia.
The MoU between the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE) and DT Global is designed to promote better food security, better market access and biosecurity outcomes.
The MoU aims to strengthen the partnership between the department and DT Global through the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA Plus).
PHAMA Plus is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the New Zealand Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Australian plant protection officer Gabrielle Vivian-Smith said the partnership is focused on growing agricultural trade between Pacific island countries and Australia.
“Through this partnership, producers in the Pacific Islands will improve the quality of their products and find markets for their products. The department will work closely with PHAMA Plus to help these countries manage biosecurity risks, increase agricultural trade and help secure the livelihoods of families across the Pacific, ”said Vivian-Smith.
DT Global will help Pacific Island exporters comply with Australian biosecurity requirements; build the capacity of biosafety authorities through training and knowledge sharing; and support biosecurity processes, including surveillance and emergency preparedness.
PHAMA Plus team leader Andrew Piper said the pandemic has created additional urgency to support economic recovery, especially in the agriculture and horticulture sectors of the Pacific Islands.
“This MoU will strengthen our existing collaboration with DAWE and provide our partner biosafety authorities and exporters with access to the full range of technical assistance that helps us achieve our ultimate goal of supporting household incomes. rural people in the Pacific, ”Piper said.
The partnership will focus on the countries in which PHAMA Plus operates including Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Tonga, etc.