Economy Archive April 2013

Those familiar with industry says GPPOL has a lot to lose if it chooses to prolong negotiations.

Landowners Threaten to Close Off Access to GPPOL

Landowners at the Guadalcanal Plantation Palm Oil Limited, GPPOL, have threatened to close off access to their land due to the company's failure to meet their demands.

PINA at Loss over Walter Nalangu’s passing

The Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) has sent its condolences and deep sympathies to the family of Late Walter Nalangu.
Georgia Molia, 37 of Solomon Islands said she valued the sharing of lessons made during the visits.

Wantok Women Share Peacebuilding Experiences in Suva

Women Peace building Leadership Program participants from West Papua, Papua NewGuinea, Bougainville and Solomon Islands were yesterday given a rare glimpse into the work of two leading women’s advocacy organisations in Fiji.
At the moment Solomon Islands produces around 4,000-6,000 metric tonnes of cocoa annually, but the Ministry believes the new strategy will help bring the amount to 20,000 over the next seven years.

New National Cocoa Strategy to Benefit 20,000 Households

Solomon Islands aims to produce 20,000 metric tonnes of cocoa by 2020 under a new Cocoa Policy to be launch by the government on Friday 26th April 2013 at the Honiara Hotel.
Dr Konam (L) supported the work of agriculture extension officers to train farmers on the importance of integrated pest and disease management in cocoa gardens.

Cocoa Adviser Has Big Hopes for Local Industry

Dr John Konam is a familiar face for many local cocoa farmers. The unassuming agricultural scientist from PNG has been working in Solomon Islands for the past three years, helping the country’s farmers to improve their cocoa production.

Landowners Demand SBD$8 Million

The Chovohio Midstream Association in the Gold Ridge area is serving the St. Barbra Mining Company a two weeks’ notice to meet its compensation demand or access roads to and from the company mining site will be blocked.
Honiara has so far recorded the highest prevalence of dengue fever with 89 per cent of reported cases.

Dengue Active and Rising: Health Authorities

The Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services says the dengue fever outbreak is still active and is not showing any signs of slowing down.
The buckets of paint were handed over to the President of the Rotary Club Sebastian Ilala (left).

Solomon Airlines Makes Paint Donation to Rotary Club

Solomon Airlines has donated four buckets with a total of 46 litres of paint to the Rotary Club of Solomon Islands for repainting of the maternity Ward or any other ward the Rotary Club believes may assist the National Referral Hospital.
Communities that have mainly depended on sweet potato as their staple crop are having to diversify to produce more sustainable food sources.

Farmers Adjust Farming Methods Due to Climate Change

Solomon Islanders are being forced to change their food production and consumption habits due to climate change.
Smoking in some public places, including schools, restaurants and government offices, would also be banned.

Authorities Crack Down on Tobacco Sales

The Solomon Islands Government says it hopes to have tough new anti-tobacco laws in place by the end of May to coincide with World No Tobacco Day.
The chocolate maker doesn’t have enough cocoa to meet its production needs and is looking around the world for new sources, including the Pacific.

Cadbury Wants Solomon Islands Cocoa

One of the world’s largest chocolate producers, Kraft-Cadbury, is seeking 10,000 tonnes of cocoa from Solomon Islands.

International Support Against Dengue Welcomed

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has welcomed dengue fever specialists from Australia and New Zealand who have arrived in the country to assist local authorities in efforts to fight the current dengue fever outbreak in the country.
Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo.

Australia Responds to Solomon Islands Dengue Fever Crisis

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced that Australia has sent a medical team to Solomon Islands to assist with the dengue fever outbreak.
More workers have been recruited under the Labour Mobility Scheme to work in Australia’s horticulture industry.

More Seasonal Workers Bound for Australia

At least 20 additional seasonal workers from Solomon Islands, including 3 females and 17 males have been recruited under the Labour Mobility Scheme to work in Australia’s horticulture industry.

UQ Leads Study on Environmental Impacts of Mining

The University of Queensland has joined industry partners in a program designed to help ensure a major mining project takes account of the needs of Solomon Islands communities and the environment.