WESTERN Provincial Government (WGP) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) for the development of palm oil plantation in the province.
The provincial government delegation led by Primer Pye Roberts Kevu, his deputy Wayne Maepio and others have signed the MOU with Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) Permanent Secretary Jimi Saelea at the Honiara Hotel yesterday.
Mr Maepio said, the province is taking another initiative to plant palm oil in the province.
“We are happy that MAL has seen fit to implement this project and we accept it,” Mr Maepio added.
He added the province believes that if this project comes into fulfilment it will help the province’s economy and the country at large.
Mr Saelea in response said, MAL was happy with the new approach taken by Western province.
“MAL is longing to work with province to bring down the agriculture to rural areas.”
“Thank you Western province for that idea, the Ministry is looking forward for the implementation of the project,” he added.
Mr Maepio said, that at the end of this month the province will sign another MOU with the resource owners.
“We want to appeal to the DCC government to bring down the government to the provinces through such approach,” he added.
The province has a palm oil project at Vangunu which did not get off the ground since it kicked off many years ago.
By LESLEY SANGA