About Fresh Produce Development Agency
Fresh Produce Development Agency (FPDA) is a parasternal organisation, with recurrent budget funding from the Government of Papua New Guinea.
FPDA has its origins in the New Zealand funded Marketing Fruit and Vegetable Project (MFVP), a Public Investment Project (PIP) which focused on the collation and dissemination of market-related and technical information on fruit and vegetables. MFVP evolved into the Fresh Produce Development Company Limited (FPDC), which was registered under the Companies Act in 1988 and started operating in 1989.
FPDC's mandate was to disseminate information on fruit and vegetable production. The organisation’s role was to identify constraints to industry growth, provide information and advice on improving the fruit and vegetable industry, and to help PNG achieve self-sufficiency in production and processing. Over time it assumed new responsibilities, including the National Department of Agriculture and Livestock's (DAL) role of providing extension services.