The new inspection shed for handicrafts destined for overseas countries such as Australia and New Zealand was officially opened on Friday 16th June 2017. The building was funded through the Pacific Horticulture and Market Access (PHAMA) project which is co-funded by Australia (DFAT) and New Zealand (MFAT). The building was officially opened by the Australian High Commissioner H.E Andrew Ford following an official welcome from the Minister of Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Fisheries, Hon Semisi Fakahau.
Handicrafts heading to overseas that require phytosanitary certification will be inspected and treated in the new building which is located at the MAFF headquarters , Queen Salote Wharf. Handicraft exports are worth well over 10 million pa’anga per annum to our little Kingdom.