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Developing markets and products for the Papua New Guinea Canarium nut industry

Project Code: FST/2010/013
Program: Forestry
Research Program Manager: Dr. Nora Devoe
Project Leader: Helen Wallace - University of the Sunshine Coast
MAY 2012
APR 2016
Project Status: Concluded
Key partners
National Agricultural Research Institute
University of Adelaide


Canarium indicum is an indigenous tree throughout the South Pacific, producing edible nuts as well as timber. The nuts are little known in international markets, but there is strong domestic demand in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Processing and value adding to canarium nuts would open up world nut markets to Pacific Island countries.

This project built on domestic markets while investigating value-adding and processing opportunities for both domestic and export markets. Research addressed problems in quantity and quality of supply, processing techniques, and in types of products and markets within and between the three countries.