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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SBIC, Mar. 22) - Prime Minister Allan Kemakeza has asked the Republic of China to consider expanding its Agricultural Technical assistance to include cocoa and copra.

Speaking during the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of China Agriculture Technical mission at King George VI School yesterday, Kemakeza said the idea could integrated into the new agreement which will be signed soon.

He said the Ministry of Agriculture's program of action would want to see an increase in exportable agricultural commodities. These include cocoa and copra.

He said the government would also want to see improved food security through the production of quality crops and livestock for both home use and cash earnings.

Kemakeza said agriculture is given highest recognition in the government because it the key factor to the country's recovery and food security.

He also thanked personnel of the Republic of China technical mission for the knowledge they have given local farmers over the past 20 years.

March 24, 2003

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