Rice growing trials prove successful; Public servants get training in auditing for greater accountability

Rice field. Photo: Quentar/Wikimedia Commons

The Agriculture Department now sees huge potential for rice growing in Vanuatu after considerable direct assistance from China and a series of trials. And this result has been achieved despite a series of past failures reaching back into the ‘Seventies. There are two hybrid rice varieties which have been found to be very successful. There have previously been losses of the appropriate seed rice and inadequate maintenance of the specialised equipment, but Minister of Agriculture Matai Seremiah was pleased to advise Radio Vanuatu of the potential he now sees.

In line with the Salwai Government’s declared intention of making the present administration accountable to the people, three days of training are being provided for the country’s leading public servants by PASI and the Auditor General. PASI is the association of regional audit associations and Auditor General John Path started sessions over three days with the chairmen of commissions (Public Service, Police Service, Teaching Service and the Tenders Board) yesterday. DGs and directors of departments are following. Daily Post today has a photo of some 40 senior officials who participating.

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister and the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development are presently in Vanuatu on a joint NZ/EU mission to Pacific countries to assess development potential and current activities of the two donors who have traditionally often worked together in the Pacific. Prime Minister Charlot Salwai signs an agreement with them tomorrow evening and Radio Vanuatu will be amongst the media interviewing them tomorow.

Six suspended police officers have been reinstated and are seeking out-of-court settlement from the government. Chief Inspector George Twomey told Daily Post they were suspended for reasons of disobeying lawful orders for an investigation into a conspiracy case. Through their lawyer they have requested the settlement.

The Holiday Inn has re-opened with Chief Sam Toropi proudly trumpeting a conch shell to welcome guests arriving for a re-opening celebration. (Daily Post)