FIVE overseas countries have indicated their interests to import locally produced commodities from Solomon Islands.
Noel Roposi chief field officer (Marketing) with in the marketing unit, agriculture planning division of the ministry of agriculture and livestock said the breakthrough was made possible following various feasibility studies and bilateral talks held with various countries.
“Based on the talks with a number of overseas countries the following Solomon Islands commodities listed here are have been indicated to be of great interest by overseas countries.”
Mr Roposi said its important that local farmers, small and medium businesses, private entrepreneurs must now take advantage of the opportunity to produce these commodities and export.
“Our trade with other countries have been negative and one-sided because we import more, so its important for the country to utilise this opportunity to boost our trade.”
So if you require further information about this latest deal contact the Chief Field Officer (Marketing), Marketing Unit, Agriculture Planning Division, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. Tel: (677) 22143 ext 215; Mobile: (677) 7402370.
Name of the country and that they are prepared to import.
Australia: Dried chillie (bird eye chillie), Dry coconut and Green (fresh) coconut;
Zealand: Fresh Pineapple fruit, Frozen slippery cabbage, Robusta and Arabica coffee;
Canada: Frozen cassava;
Vanuatu: Kava, Copra, Timber, Artifacts, Coconut oil, Rattan chairs, Noni, Frozen reef fish, Snapper, King fish, Lobster tail, Sea shells, Mud crab;
Fiji: Sundried kava, Frozen reef fish, Timber, Tuna, Fresh, Pineapple fruit, Fresh/green coconut, Sun dried cocoa beans.
By MOFFAT MAMU