C.D.E./A.C.P.

4 weeks in 2003

ORDERING ORGANISATION: C.D.E./A.C.P. BRUSSELS

MISSION : FULL ANALYSIS OF BLACK PEARLS INDUSTRY IN THE COOK ISLANDS

The purpose of the mission was to make a full survey of the Black Pearls industry implemented in the Cook islands in the years 1970, in the same way than in French Polynesia.

Different phases:

1- Meeting with farmers on the atoll of Manohiki and Penrhyn, to study their methods of farming and collecting shells, determine their needs and assistance requested by them.

2- Study the various means of financing offered by the local banks (private and public) to insure the development of the industry.

3-Meeting with jewelers and manufacturers in Rarotonga to find out the local possibilities to increase the local added value.

 4-Study of the price structure, especially towards international buyers.

5- Report and suggestions to C.D.E.  in Brussels:

                                Softer methods of culture for no trauma to the shells

                                More accurate method of grading of pearls.

                                More detailed prices structure for better revenue to farmers.

                                International marketing

                                   

   

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