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.
Vanuatu Livestock Vision Forum – Tuesday 4 June
Planning is underway for the Vanuatu Livestock Vision Forum, to be held in Port Vila on Tuesday 4th June - hosted by the Department of Livestock, supported by the Department of Trade and coordinated by CertLink. The forum will outline the Department’s vision for 500 000 head of cattle by 2025, analyse the current status of the industry, examine the potential for organic, and work to develop an action plan to achieve the Vision.
Visiting attendees will include organic beef business delegation members from AOM Group (Aus) and Elevation Group (USA). The demand for organic beef is growing at around 30% per annum and members of the delegation are working in the EU, US, Australia, the Middle East and Asia. Several recent reports – here, here and here - show that organic beef is receiving almost twice the conventional price on the Australian market.
Further event information will be made available in the coming week, and interested parties can contact the Department of Livestock in the interim period. Smallholder farmers in particular are encouraged to attend.
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Best wishes from the CertLink Team
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