Ngali-nut growers closer to gain organic certification

The Baniata Community Organic Ngalinut -growers of Rendova Island, Western Province are a step closer to having their traditionally baked ngali nuts certified under the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community  (POETcom) Participatory Guarantee System  (PGS)  standards  fortnight ago. This followed a four day visit by (POETcom) certifying agents from Kastom Gaden and the intending…

Ex-militants to be paid $300m

THE Government has agreed to pay ex-militants from Malaita and Guadalcanal $300 million, well-placed sources from the Prime Minister’s Office say. Up to 2,000 ex-combatants are likely to benefit, with each receiving $150,000 each. Members of the now defunct Malaita Eagle Force (MEF) received part of this package last Thursday when Cabinet approved $3 million…

Why we sell rice

SIPA says it wants to break the monopoly SOLOMON Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) wants to break the monopoly on rice sales in the country. This came after the country’s long time rice importer, Sol Rice has been dominating the market for years now. Even the government’s effort to help local farmers plant rice to reduce…

Courts go on vacation

THE High Court goes on vacation as of this week. Hearing of criminal and civil cases is halted until it resumes its normal official opening hours on January 18th 2016. Only urgent matters will be heard during the vacation. However, this does not mean the High Court is completely closed to the public as its…