TAIWAN HELPS REVIVE AGRICULTURE IN SOLOMONS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Oct. 19) – The Solomon Islands government is collaborating with the Republic of China's Agriculture Technical Mission to revive animal husbandry in the Solomons.

Director of Livestock Duddley Wate says some pigs arrived in Honiara from Australia last week and will be raised at the Taiwan-operated Agriculture Technical Mission farm in east Honiara.

He says it is hoped that by the middle of next year, piglets will be distributed to farmers who need them.

Mr Wate says the social unrest in the past few years destroyed the livestock industry in the Solomons.

He says 200 head of government cattle were transferred to the Western Province and pigs to farmers in Malaita Province during the ethnic tension.

But Mr Wate says he is not sure how many of the livestock are still being looked after in the two provinces.

He says a 17-week course, which started today, is part of plans to help revive the livestock industry.

The Department and the Embassy of the Republic of China in June this year signed a renewed $7 million agriculture agreement including rice farming, piggery and poultry.

Piggery and Poultry are the two new components from the traditional rice farming which has been going on for a number of years.

October 20, 2004

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.: www.sibconline.com.sb

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