Bumper harvest on Tanna signals the revival of Vanuatu-grown potato crop

This year's bumper potato harvest on Tanna is on its way to market in Port Vila. Photo: Hon Matai Seremiah/Facebook

This year’s bumper potato harvest on Tanna is on its way to market in Port Vila. Photo: Hon Matai Seremiah/Facebook

In a commercial move which echoes a practice of 3 decades ago, some 20 tons of Tanna potatoes are being shipped to the capital this week. Agriculture Minister Matai Seremiah told Daily Post after participating in the harvest that he and the Tannese farmers want to test the Vanuatu markets to ensure quality, consistency and sustainability of potato production.

PM Charlot Salwai has appealed to the business community to work together with government to expand commerce in the country. The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) is reported to have criticized the PM’s signing of the PACER Plus agreement recently in Samoa. Many business people are critical of Vanuatu’s moves away from its tax haven status and protectionist policies, the PM said, but he also pointed out that Vanuatu was trying hard to avoid breaching WTO rules. “I think government should continue with its policy of encouraging competition and opening up more opportunities for Ni-Vanuatu people to do business in the country,” Salwai said.

The Vanuatu National Provident Fund, still under investigation following the work of a Commission of Inquiry, now has a new General Manager. GM Achary served Fiji’s equivalent national provident fund for 27 years and brings a wealth of experience to Vanuatu. He is the ninth general manager since 1987.

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One Comment on “Bumper harvest on Tanna signals the revival of Vanuatu-grown potato crop”

  1. Jean-Marc says:

    L’ ile de Tanna à un potentiel horticole et humain hors du commun. Avec une bonne organisation il serait possible d’ approvisionner la capitale et tous les hôtels en légumes et en féculents ”BIO ” d’excellente qualité. Et même d’en exporter . Cela pourrait créer de très nombreux emplois …

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