The owners of the company Meir and Anat Goldstein were tasked by the Israeli Government to look at the establishment of the first “Israeli Demonstration Farm” in the country to be located within the proposed “Kadabina Industrial Park”.
The Goldsteins visited the site at Kadabina, met the landowners task force, the land trustees plus seeing the land where the proposed demonstration farm will be established.
“We were called by our Government to work with you in realising a demonstration farm and we are ready to move the task quickly,” Mr Goldstein said.
“Now that issues pertaining to the 39 hectares of land have been finalised, it is now important that the reallocation of housing and a school within the area be sorted out quickly by relevant authorities to enable the work to start.”
Another group of Israelis, through MASHAV (Israeli Agency for International Cooperation and Development) will arrive shortly to finalizse the overall Industrial Park implementation plan.
Goldtec Control System specialises in Farming technology and advanced packaging with wide experience in the field of agriculture and processing of Agricultural, Aquaculture and Fisheries products worldwide including regional locations such as in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
“We are happy to be here and be
selected by our Government as the first Israeli company to lead this initiative
[Demo Farm] here, especially in seeing how Israeli technology can be utilised
in fulfilling what is required of an Israeli Industrial Park Model,” Mr
“Our work begins with the development of the farms to the packaging of the products.
“The development model that we will be adopting, the ‘regional kibbutzim model’, which is an outgrower model is very appropriate here in rural Solomon Islands.
“What it means is that both agriculture, livestock [chicken] and aquaculture [fish] raised within the Industrial Park are provided to farmers and fishermen in their own tribal land/sea to cultivate and then be purchased by the factories for processing and then to the market, nationally, regionally and internationally.”
Israel’s honorary consul in Solomon Islands, Leliana Firisua, said the structure of operation within the “proposed Industrial Park” at Kadabina will be formalised by the relevant authorities (Province/MCDA) and the land trust board over the next few weeks to enable the work to begin.
A MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) was already signed on the 27th August 2012 between Israel and Solomon Islands, which covers the next five years starting with proposed Industrial Parks at Kadabina in the north, Liwe in the south and Faumamanu in the eastern part of Malaita.
The visiting team made courtesy calls on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to other national and provincial leaders during the visit.
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