SOLOMON ISLANDS CONSIDERING HIGHLANDS FARMING

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (April 26, 1998 - PACNEWS)---The Solomon Islands is considering introducing food and cash crop farming in the country's highlands.

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Dr. Steven Aumanu says experts at the Dodo Creek Agriculture Research Station on North Guadalcanal now are in the process of identifying suitable crops that could be cultivated by highlands residents.

A delegation of farmers and agricultural experts also will participate in a study tour of neighboring Papua New Guinea’s highlands region, he added, to learn more about specialized highlands farming there.

He made the comments while answering questions in Parliament regarding the establishment of an agricultural research center in the northwest Malaita highlands.

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