THE Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government has been urged to support rural cocoa and coconut farmers.
The chairman of the Malaita Cocoa and Coconut Research Development Association (MCCRDA) Peter Satu said, the support by government in its policy statement is important for the rural farmers.
He said, its important that cocoa and coconut industry in Malaita must be revived.
“There must be collaborative work between the government and local farmers,” he said.
He added, over the past years rural farmers have been left out.
“With the assurance of DCC government to inject $300m for rural development as highlighted in the media, it’s good that the funds must go towards its intended purpose.”
Mr Satu said, over previous years they heard about millions of dollars being allocate for rural development.
“But we hardly see any cent of it reaching the rural areas,” claimed Mr Satu.
The chairman added, that whatever funds that comes in the name of rural development or local farmers must be channelled right down to the rural farmers or utilized it properly.
“Support and consultations must reach local farmers and rural areas.
“We are the back bone of the government therefore government must recognise us,” he said.
He said, that government must ensure it continues to revive cocoa and coconut industry in the country.
Mr Satu also urged Malaita Provincial government to also support the industry as it is contributing a lot in boosting the economy of the country,” he added.
By STEPHEN DI’ISANGO