Domestication potential and marketing of Canarium indicum nuts in the Pacific: commercialization and market development

Bunt, Colin, and Leakey, Roger (2008) Domestication potential and marketing of Canarium indicum nuts in the Pacific: commercialization and market development. Forest, Trees and Livelihoods, 18 (3). pp. 271-289.

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As part of a feasibility study of the commercialization potential of Canarium indicum nuts in Papua New Guinea, market surveys were undertaken in May and September 2005 in the Solomon Islands and in Vanuatu, to gather up-to-date market information on the trade in packaged and processed C. indicum kernels and kernel oil, and on the constraints and opportunities for its further development. In addition, a supply chain analysis was made and a niche market survey was undertaken in Australia. From the findings of these surveys, it was concluded that globally

*the market for nuts is growing. *current demand for Canarium nuts in the region exceeds supply, *market confidence requires improvements in the surety of supply, *the scale of operations and level of technology must be viable at the village small/medium sized enterprise level, *training should be provided pre- and post-harvest in villages and urban centres, and *market development should focus initially on satisfying domestic and regional markets. It was concluded that to implement these conclusions, a marketing network in Melanesia is required to create a 'Melanesian Supply Chain' that can take advantage of the differences in timing of the fruiting season across the region, and to promote a unified marketing strategy. This network should also assist emerging entrepreneurs with budgeting, cash flow management, product and market development and price setting. Commercial sector 'champions' with a long-term industry commitment are also needed both in Melanesia and in potential export markets to provide, guidance, motivation and to promote industry/government investment. As a result of this and other studies in this series, it is recommended that a joint domestication/commercialization programme for C. indicum should be initiated in support of enhanced livelihoods for subsistence farmers in Melanesia.

Item ID: 6344
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1472-8028
Keywords: agroforestry tree products; galip nut; localization; Ngali nut; Nangai; market surveys; supply & demand chain; niche markets; Melanesia
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2010 04:24
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070501 Agroforestry @ 100%
SEO Codes: 82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8202 Horticultural Crops > 820299 Horticultural Crops not elsewhere classified @ 80%
82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8201 Forestry > 820103 Integration of Farm and Forestry @ 20%
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