CERTLINK UPDATE - May 2013
"The new source of power is not money in the hands of a few, but information in the hands of many." ~ John Naisbitt
Welcome to the first CertLink Update for 2013.
This year brings many exciting opportunities for the sustainable agriculture sector in Vanuatu and the CertLink team are enthused about the prospects.
Organic Certification Achieved
Following on from the last update, SANMA Community Coconuts (supported by World Vision Vanuatu), COPSL and PRV Norsup & Bushmans Bay have recently been issued their certificates for Organic Certification from ACO. This means that they are now able to sell their products as certified to international organic standards and receive the price premiums that affords. Congratulations to everyone involved!
These businesses have also been receiving a plethora of media coverage thanks to a press release by Australian Organic including an article locally in the Daily Post, an interview on Radio Australia Pacific, and reaching as far afield as the EU-based Organic Market info. Links to additional coverage are at the end of this update.
More audits (Rainforest Alliance, UTZ and Organic) are anticipated to occur in coming months. If any growers or other businesses are interested in assistance from CertLink in setting up and achieving any of these certifications please contact us for further information.
Also in this Update:
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Best wishes from the CertLink Team
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