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 Read the rest of this entry »

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Vanuatu to host first-ever Pacific Week of Agriculture next month

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 »


EU provides Vt 1.5 billion to aid fight against gender inequality and violence

The fight against gender inequality and violence in our region gets a Vt 1.5 billion boost. File photo: Creative Commons/DFAT

The fight against gender inequality and violence in our region gets a Vt 1.5 billion boost. File photo: Creative Commons/DFAT

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 »


Pacific Week of Agriculture 2017 announces theme in preparation for October’s premier event

Pacific Week of Agriculture 2017 logo

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.


Virgin coconut oil production gets a boost on Ambrym

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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 »


Vanuatu launches 2017 as ‘Year of Agritourism’

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 »


Govt says kava exports have rebounded by 345% since Cyclone Pam

Director of Biosecurity Vanuatu Timothy Tumukon reveals that total kava exports for 2015 were valued at just Vt 180 million because of Cyclone Pam. However, in the year following Cyclone Pam, kava export sales soared to Vt 800 million. Monday was the second anniversary of Cyclone Pam’s destruction. Government is helping farmers to plant the best noble varieties for their areas and the rules for product preparation for the international market are being taught.

UMP is seeking a reconciliation between what are understood to be only two factions within the Union of Moderate Parties on Tanna today. Ishmael Kalsakau (Leader of the Opposition) allegedly Read the rest of this entry »