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Assistance for cocoa research work in Papua and New Guinea



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' ASSISTANCE FOR COCOA RESEARCH WORK IN PAPUA AND NEW GUINEA

Statement "by the Minister for Territories, the Hon. C.E. Barnes, ------- M.P.

The Minister for Territories, the Mon. C.E. Barnes, M.P.,

announced today that the Australian Chocolate and Confectionery

Manufacturers’ Association is making available an amount of

£3,500 annually, for a period of three years initially, to

provide for additional assistance in cocoa research in New

Guinea.

The member Associations of the International Office of

Cocoa and Chocolate Associations met in London on January 29

and 30, 1964, to exchange views on the state of cocoa research

and on the possibility of international action by the

manufacturing industry to increase this activity.

Members of the Commonwealth Chocolate and Confe.ctionery

Manufacturers’ Association agreed to participate in an international scheme to aid research, and decided that the

greater portion of their fund for cocoa research should be spent in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea.

'The contribution will be used for the employment of staff

and the purchase of equipment to be used on cocoa research in New Guinea.

Mr. Barnes said that the cocoa industry had made rapid

growth in the Territory from a production of 200 tons in 1948/49

to over 14,000 tons in 1962/63. The Department of Agriculture,

Stock and Fisheries of the Papua and New Guinea Administration

had played a big part in establishing the industry, especially,

through research which had gained world recognition.· He said that the manufacturing industry was to be

congratulated on its progressive outlook and thanked for its

generous assistance to the research work in cocoa being carried out by the Administration. The confidence being displayed by

the industry in this research work was most gratifying.

CANBERRA

November 16. 1964 - P.M