MAL to impose strict rules on funding

THE Minister for Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) has pledged to ensure the ministry’s funding for farmers is utilised properly from this year onward. Augustine Auga said he will strive to ensure right farmers benefit from the funding allocated under his ministry. “I would like to make this clear to the public that we will be…

Man in custody for wounding wife

A MAN from Harosi in Makira Province has been arrested and remanded in custody for allegedly wounding his wife. Kirakira staff sergeant Jackson Gapu said the man used a knife during a domestic row and allegedly wounded his wife with the knife. “This incident should send a clear signal that taking anger on wives violently…

New conservation group formed here

A NEW Community Conservation Association has been formed on the West Coast of Makira Island. The Tawatana Community Conservation Development Association (TCCDA) was formally constituted in October last year and has now received their Certificate of Incorporation from the Solomon Islands Registrar of Companies. The Associations chairman, Zebulon Rodomoi said:  “We are excited to have…

Community wants new nurses at Talakali

NURSES working at Talakali clinic in Langalanga lagoon Malaita province are urged to perform their duties during official hours. This call was made after several deaths occurred at the clinic while nurses were not present. A man who asked not to be named said it was a normal practice that patients will have to wait…

Tanakuku cannot host students: Parent

STUDENT’s intakes for form one at Tanakuku community high school in northwest Guale have raised concerns over the school’s incapability to hot secondary students. Students and parents say the school enrolled 50 students for form one this year, but it has no buildings prepared for the students. Peter Chikai said most of the students’ needs…

Gizo steps up fight to keep out giant snail

MINISTER of Agriculture in the Western Provincial government Wayne Maepio supports the initiative of the Bio-security Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock to step up the fight to reduce and eradicate the African Giant Snail. Mr Maepio made the comments during a meeting in Gizo last week. Supporting the sentiments, Gizo quarantine officer…

‘Stop the disunity, walk the talk’

A CONCERN man in Auki town is calling on the newly formed Malaita executive to put out their differences and worked together for the betterment of the province. Robert Unu said there is not time for unnecessary disagreements. “Members of the executive should work together and stop their disagreements. That is just one post, teamwork…

Dangerous agricultural pest here

THE Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) officials said on Wednesday they had found a beetle considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous agricultural pests known as oryctes rhinoceros, has been confirmed to be present in Honiara. The coconut Oryctes rhinoceros is a species of rhinoceros beetle attacks the developing fronds of coconut,…

Islanders blame lack of clinic for deaths

PEOPLE of liuaniua Islands, Malaita Outer Islands (MOI) are urging the new government to ensure the remote island has a health centre. The call follows what they described as ‘avoidable deaths’ if a health centre is on the island. Former provincial member for MOI Wilson Sangahu said during the Christmas period, there were 10 deaths…