Kava Webinar: Preparing for exports to Australia
Kava makes a significant contribution to rural livelihoods in a number of Pacific Island producing countries. It is an important cash crop and a significant source of income and employment for rural households and those involved in its harvesting, processing and sale. It has important cultural and social dimensions, including in Australia and New Zealand, and is used internationally for medicinal and therapeutic purposes.
Since the launch of Australia’s Commercial Kava Pilot Phase 2 on December 1 2021, allowing for the commercial importation of kava into Australia as a food, PHAMA Plus in collaboration with Pacific Trade Invest Australia and HACCP Australia have been conducting follow up webinars for Pacific kava stakeholders to better understand the requirements for exporting kava to Australia under the Pilot.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has engaged PHAMA Plus to conduct monitoring and evaluation in the Pacific, to measure the impact of Australia’s commercial kava pilot on kava growing countries in the region. PHAMA’s analysis will include looking at the number of companies exporting to Australia, the value of kava exports and changes in the livelihoods of growers and other kava value chain actors.
- DAWE’s updated kava webpage, which now includes a link to the factsheet – https://www.awe.gov.au/biosec…/import/goods/food/type/kava
- Imported Food Notice reminding subscribers of the requirements for importing kava – https://www.awe.gov.au/…/goods/food/notices/ifn01-22
- DFAT’s factsheets on Permits & importing, Biosecurity requirements; Imported food requirements and FAQs – https://www.dfat.gov.au/…/economic…/australia-kava-pilot