The new manager of the Honiara Central Market in the Solomon Islands capital says that it is now too small and needs to be enlarged.

Mrs. Martha Horiwapu said the Central Market is one of two in Honiara owned and run by the council, was designed for a smaller population.

But she says women from all over the country uses the Central Market to sell their crops and it is difficult to make room for them all.

Ms Horiwapu says when people come in the market and there's no space, it is not good for women.

She says women spend all their time in the garden, preparing it, taking their produce to market and if there's no space, they're wasting their time.

Martha Horiwapu says the central market is the heart of the economy and extremely important to women and their families.