Vanuatu To Plant 50,000 Coconut Trees As Part Of Cyclone Recovery

1 million nuts to be distributed over next 10 years

By Harrison Selmen 

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, July 19, 2016) – Around 52,000 coconut seedlings and root crop planting materials have been packed into the LC Kalyara yesterday in Luganville to be shipped to Shefa and Tafea as part of the Cyclone Pam Recovery Project under the Vanuatu National Coconut Strategy 2016-2025 program.

The Coconut seedlings and planting materials are selected on the island of Santo at the Vanuatu Agricultural Research and Technical Center (VARTC) specifically for this program planned to end by 2025.

Minister for Agriculture, Matai Seremaiah, who launched the Program yesterday, is confident he will see a positive outcome from this joint initiative by the Vanuatu Government and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

“I want the farmers who will be receiving the nuts to plant them and look after them because the government has invested in the program and we want to make sure the farmers do their part,” said Minister Seremaiah.

The target is to distribute 1 million nuts by 2025 as per strategy launched yesterday.

The program will cover Torba Province to Tafea on Aneityum.

The next areas to receive the nuts are the central and Northern Provinces.

The minister said they are working to get the Council of Ministers (COM) to agree to make 2017 year for coconut.

Copra together with cocoa and kava comprise approximately 60% revenue towards the National Economy. The current copra price stands at around Vt60,000 per ton.

The distribution of the seedlings should give farmers hope to replant their damaged plantation following cyclone Pam.

The Vanuatu Government has allocated around Vt12 million for this program.

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