First coffee farm in East Kwaio

VILLAGERS of Lo’onawadu community at Oloburi, East Kwaio in Malaita, launched their first ever coffee project on 20th December 2018. Up to 300 people witnessed the historic event. The project was made possible through the hard work of Everlyn Safi, a local of the area who wanted to see her people venture into economic activities.…

NEW MARKET FOR GPPOL 3 OPENS

Surrounding communities at GPPOL 3 in North East Guadalcanal have taken delivery of their new market building on Tuesday that will become their main source of income. The new market building is funded under the North East Guadalcanal constituency and officially opened by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) Allen Daonga. Mr…

AOTAHA CAVE

Try Somewhere Different By IAN MCDONALD KAUKUI AOTAHA Cave is a must visit place when in Bellona, Renbell Province. Situated at the eastern end of the island, Aotaha means “Day break”. The name is derived from its location where itis the first place to see the sun as it rises on the horizon. Aotaha is…

New SICCI CEO assumes role

Ms Atenasi Ata has officially assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) as of 3rd December 2018. Ms Ata was congratulated by Members of the SICCI Board and Secretariat following a Board meeting on Monday 3rd December 2018. Ms Ata replaces outgoing CEO Dennis…

Inflation reaches 0.8% in Sept

MONTHLY headline inflation for Honiara rose by 0.6 per cent points to 0.8 per cent in September, compared to the 0.2 per cent points noted in August, 2018. The Solomon Islands National Statistics Office (SINSO) revealed it in its Honiara Consumer Price Index (CPI) report made available this week. Government Statistician, Douglas Kimi, while releasing…

SI records trade surplus

DROP in imports attributed largely to the significant trade surplus recorded for Solomon Islands during the March quarter. This was after the local economy made a $142.8 million as trading surplus in the first quarter of this year (2018), an improvement trailed after a deficit of $334.2 million observed in the final quarter of 2017.…

Second attempt

Ministry to bid again for defunct tourism project MAENI COMFORTIn Gizo  The Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT) is bidding again to continue with the construction work of the defunct Tourism project in Gizo which already used-up more than four Million dollars between 2014 and 2015. But, this will depend entirely on the 2019 budget…

CEMA encourages down stream processing

COMMODITIES Export Marking Authority (CEMA) will be working closely with the local farmers to obtain the best quality cocoa and coconut products as part of encouraging downstream processing. CEMA Chief Produce Inspector Patterson Siliota highlighted this during the closing of the World Food Day celebration yesterday in Honiara. At the event CEMA demonstrated the process…

Taro tasting attracts many

A GOOD number of people have flooded the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) stall to taste a variety of local taros displayed during the world food day celebrate at Townground in Honiara this week. These local taros were planted at the TTM farm opposite King George Sixth School in East Honiara. “These local taros are awesome,”…

Work on internet cable project here underway

THE Solomon Islands and Australian governments are well underway in delivering high speed internet here The Coral Sea Cable System will connect Honiara to Sydney and the Solomon Islands Domestic Network will link Honiara with Auki, Noro and Taro. Weather permitting, later this week, the marine survey vessel, the RV Northern Endeavour, will start its…