EU GRANT TO SUPPORT SOLOMONS PEARL FARMING

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Jan. 31) – A study of the farming of pearls in Solomon Islands will soon start.

This follows the signing of a grant of more than three million dollars between the European Union and the Solomon Islands government this morning.

Under the arrangement, Worldfish Center field station at Nusatupe, Western Province will carry out a feasibility study on possible locations to farm oysters to produce black pearls.

The expected benefits to Solomon Islanders include income from the sale of pearls to pearl farms and young oysters to pearl farms.

Preliminary studies on pearl farming was carried over the past ten years by the Ministry of Fisheries and found that Solomon Islands can grow suitable and prized pearls.

The findings had showed that black pearl farming in Solomon Islands grow considerably faster compared to other Pacific islands.

It also showed that maintenance cost will be reduced because of sheltered waters in the Western Province and that young oysters can be easily collected.

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