Caption: NARI Staff evaluating local galip nuts at Keravat in East New Britain.- Picture by SENIORL ANZU
By MATTHEW POIENOU of NARI
Galip nut is a marketable product with great potential to improve the livelihoods of rural households in the South Pacific.
At the moment the galip nut industry is small in world terms, but there is strong consumer demand and acceptance of the product in
There is great potential in these countries to expand the domestic market and develop an export market.
However, a major constraint to increased commercialisation of the galip industry is poor quality of the nuts due to post-harvest handling and processing.
A recent feasibility study, conducted in PNG with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), concluded that while marketing expertise exists, the nut industry is limited by a lack of knowledge about post-harvest handling and processing techniques.
Processing methods need development in a way that is commercially viable for small-scale agriculture and can be easily implemented by local farmers.
Specific research is undertaken to identify appropriate processing practices with dissemination of information.
NARI is currently undertaking a collaborative research to develop a galip nut industry for PNG.
The aim of this project, funded by ACIAR, is to develop post-harvest processes and techniques for Melanesian galip nuts that can be optimally used by small-scale, block and plantation farmers. This research will identify processing techniques that are appropriate to and beneficial for the production of galip nut. It is being conducted in partnership with