Bougainville prepares for third Chocolate Festival

1:25 pm on 2 August 2018

Bougainville wants to attract more of the world's chocolate makers.

Bougainville chocolate festival

Photo: Facebook

The autonomous Papua New Guinea region is preparing for its third chocolate festival to be staged in Buka in September.

Bougainville has long had a good reputation for the cocoa grown there but aid agencies and the autonomous and national governments have been working to improve farming standards.

The festival is part of that process and the chair of the steering committee, Steven Tsivele, said there has been international interest, but they hope this year's event will bring in more buyers from overseas.

"Bougainville beans are now being used for high class, single source chocolate in UK, Europe and Australia. This is one of the big achievements that we have seen from the last couple of years,, and we believe we can do more."

The third Bougainville Chocolate Festival is on the 12st and 22nd September.

Get the RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs