Spice is a new and upcoming industry in Papua New Guinea. The industry supports up to 100,000 households and has an estimated industry value of K100 million. Price fluctuations at the world market determine the value of the industry in terms of spice product exports to countries like USA, New Zealand and others in Europe.
The industry however has been progressing at a low rate than anticipated. Vanilla is particular has shown some great potentials, with a boom between 2000 to 2003, when farmers were earning substantial income from the sale of high grade beans in the domestic market.
The PNG Spice Industry Board is the authority tasked to regulate the industry including coordination of its development. However the board continues to face key challenges in terms of resourcing, capacity building and field projects to increase in quality, production and downstream processing.
The spice industry’s vision is to contribute to “a better PNG with people in all walks of life enjoying a better, improved and healthier livelihood as a consequence of sustainable spice productivity, improved food nutritional value and enhanced income level”, based on the sustainable use of our agricultural commodities and providing prudent financial management and implementation.
Mission/ Objective Statement
Enhance agricultural productivity, scale of production, market access, income generation through smart partnerships, innovations, sustainable entrepreneurial farming systems and agro- forestry.
The mission of the PNG Spice Industry Board is to contribute to the People, the Industry and the Country through the promotion and development of the Spice Industry as an economically vibrant industry that can provide;
- Social and economic benefits to the nation and its people,
- Realization of the national goals in the spirit of self-food sufficiency,
- Improve Agriculture technology and productivity,
- Meaningful participation by small-holder groups,
- Industrial growth in buying, processing and export oriented activities, and
- Contribute towards import replacement.