Vanuatu has 1,184 organic farmers accredited by the Vanuatu Organic Farmers’ Committee—on Tanna, Santo and Efate. Chairman of the committee, Benuel Tarilongi, said they are working with the Syndicat Agricole to manage the organic certifications according to the requirements of the European Union/Pacific Community (SPC) Organic Pasifika certification. Tarilongi made the announcement of the first certification ceremony at Lenakel, Tanna. The Pacific Ethical Trade Committee was represented at the meeting. Tarilongi explained that farmers must not have used pesticides or fertilizers during the preceding three-year period. Vanuatu farmers do not generally use chemicals in their gardens. Read the rest of this entry »
In a commercial move which echoes a practice of 3 decades ago, some 20 tons of Tanna potatoes are being shipped to Read the rest of this entry »
The Pacific Week of Agriculture will take place between 16–20 October and is expected to bring 200 delegates to Port Vila. Ministers and senior officials from agriculture departments around the region will attend Read the rest of this entry »
The European Union and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat have signed a financial agreement to fight gender inequality and gender violence in the Pacific. Over US$15 million (Vt 1.5 billion) has been Read the rest of this entry »
The Pacific Week of Agriculture was officially launched yesterday with presentation of the event’s overarching theme and its branding. Agriculture Minister Matai Seremiah congratulated the organising committee for coming up with the theme of CROPS – standing for Culture, Resilience, Opportunities, Products and Sustainability.
The Minister said, “Government believes the theme fits in well with much of what Pacific countries are trying to achieve in the agriculture sector through their national agendas, and for Vanuatu, with the People’s Plan 2030. When it comes to tourism we have to talk about products. What kind of products do we want to produce to meet tourist demand?”
The first-ever Pacific Week of Agriculture PWA opens 16 October here in Port Vila and will become an annual event for the region’s farmers and agritourism businesses.
The event is being hosted by the Vanuatu Government, with support from the Pacific Community (SPC), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in the Netherlands.
With Australian Government assistance through TVET and the local virgin coconut oil production company, Bella Trading Vanuatu on Ambrym island is improving both quality and quantity of virgin coconut oil production. The Department of Industry has been training in the use of cold press machines given to communities through Australia’s Direct Assistance Programme. Upskilling is going ahead apace. TVET has been especially supportive of Ambrym women trying hard to improve their management skills.
Agriculture Minister Matai Seremaiah gave his advice on Read the rest of this entry »
Welcome to Vanuatu’s Year of Agritourism which launched yesterday at the Agriculture Station at Tagabe. “We must get more tourism income for farmers,” Agriculture Minister Matai Seremaiah stressed. “Others have Read the rest of this entry »