Staff is Recipient of Australian Awards Fellowship
Staff is Recipient of Australian Awards Fellowship

Staff is Recipient of Australian Awards Fellowship

Joan Mondo

Congratulations to Joan Mondo our Research and Development Officer with PBF Agro Business Limited who is a successful recipient of the Australian Awards Fellowships and will be undertaking a 6 week course in Certificate IV in Agribusiness at the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales.

Prior to being employed in her eld of studies with PBF Agro, Joan was attached to Pacific Balanced Fund Administration as a Trading Executive specializing in data entries of personal details such as bank account and processing dividend payments for the shareholders by printing cheque payments from the share registry system for banking into respective personal accounts.

Her new role allows her to liaise with other agriculture organizations to draw on their vast technical and research knowledge on eld trails for commercial farming on agriculture food crops, cash crops and livestock for economic benefits. Joan’s role is more involved in research on potential commercial agro crops and the mechanization and technology associated to achieve efficiency and scale, including product development, marketing and sales in PNG and exporting overseas. Joan’s project title is Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO).

These studies will enable Joan to understand basics of downstream processing of VCO and establish market with Australia to import organically certified products from PNG. “Her knowledge in the studies will add value to PBF Agro in the commercialization of Coconut Oil, VCO, activated carbon and coconut sugar, space linking PNG to the Australian markets” says PBF General Manager – Jerry Kootz.

Previously Joan was a recipient of NZ Aid when she attended the University of Natural Resources and Environment to study Diploma in Tropical Agriculture for 3 years. Previously Joan was a recipient of NZ Aid when she attended the University of Natural Resources and Environment to study Diploma in Tropical Agriculture for 3 years.

The main objective this project will achieve is the extraction of Virgin Coconut Oil, organic products are high demand in PNG and overseas markets. These projects have the potential to generate income.

A positive impact for PBF Agro is to obtain Organic Certification and Australian Import qualification requirements.

PNG farmers once thought coconut was only for copra, but the good news now is it can be made into products like cosmetics, coconut sugar, and activated carbon. This project will link PNG with Australian markets which will improve the coconut industry for economic growth in PNG.

The following are expectations:

a) Linking PNG Organic Certied Products to Australian markets

b) Understanding trade requirements for Organic Certification

“PBF Agro supported Joan’s application and we are equally proud of her selection among thousands of applications

throughout PNG” said Mr. Kootz

She has commenced Training in Australian this week. She returns on the 7th July 2017.

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