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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Jan. 17) – The Japanese Embassy in Honiara, Solomon Islands, yesterday signed a SB$191,000 [US$26,000] contract for the construction of a Market House within the Fausasa village in East Kwara’ae, Malaita Province.

The financial assistance will be provided under the Embassy’s Grassroots for Humanity Security Projects (GHSP) Scheme.

Japan Charge d’Affairs Katsuhiko Kubo said the Fausasa Market will provide a hub for the East Kwara’ae communities.

"The market is a central trading point for local produce and goods," he said. "It will also promote good sanitation in the area."

The need for a proper market house was a long time need for people in the area.

Community dwellers raised concerns through the Fausasa Market Committee (FMC) that the area has no proper market facility.

"There is a real need to build a market house then," FMC Chairperson, Jared Wisi said.

The current market is an open area, exposed to difficult weather conditions with no proper selling tables and benches to display vegies and fruits sold in market.

Currently, a majority of vendors, especially women are selling their produces on top of bush leaves placed on top of the ground surface.

Produces sold at the market during rainy conditions have raised health concerns for both buyers and sellers because food is exposed to mud and water.

The Japanese Embassy was eager to provide financial assistance in the construction of the Fausasa Market after believing that the building would not only provide a more accessible and clean environment to trade food, but, also to facilitate better trading of produces within the region.

January 18, 2006

Solomon Star: http://www.solomonstarnews.com/

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