PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Coconut Virgin, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Patchouli and Tea Tree oils
Papua New Guinea is a beautiful and biodiverse Country with many natural botanical resources. The local communities have grown, harvested and used these plants for generations, but they were not aware of the added value they could bring to these products with some simple processing.
For years PNG have exported whole coconuts, cardamom pods and other resources to China and Japan, being paid a very small amount, while these more developed Countries are taking the raw material, processing them and selling them on the global market for a high price.
This has meant that PNG has stayed as an under developed and poor Country.
The aim of this project is to work with the local communities to teach them how to steam distil the plants to create essential oils and how to process the Coconut to make the oil, keeping all the added value within the PNG economy and giving them money to invest in improving equipment and education.
Many communities and tribes are almost completely cut off from the rest of the world, the Cardamom producers are high up on the side of the volcanoes where the land is very fertile, but there are no roads so access is only by foot.
The project works with these tribes to help them preserve their traditional way of life, exchanging the Cardamom pods that they grow for goods they need and offering an exchange programme for the local children, so that those from the mountains can come to the coast and learn about different crops and how to grow new produce back up in the mountains.
Since the introduction of this project, they carefully manage every step of the process to ensure farmers get true value for their coconuts, keeping all the added value within the PNG community enabling them to expand their production, range of products and provide education to the next generation of farmers.
Using freshly squeezed coconut milk, the oil is extracted by centrifuge and the process is maintained below 30 degrees retaining all the natural goodness of the coconut. A consistently high quality oil that is full of natural vitamin E, Lauric Acid and Antioxidants.