1,184 Vanuatu farmers achieve accreditation as organic producers

Farmers and officials launch the Organic certification logo for Vanuatu registered farmers on Tanna. Photo: Donald Wouleseje

Farmers and officials launch the Organic certification logo for Vanuatu registered farmers on Tanna. Photo: Donald Wouleseje

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 »

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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 »


Govt committed to establishing several big infrastructure projects on Santo

Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Infrastructure and Public Utilities Minister Jotham Napat said the Salwai Government recognizes the potential of Santo to advance the economy, and now the wharf development is complete, work will begin on Luganville’s Pakoa International Airport to enable larger aircraft to be able to land. Town road improvements are Read the rest of this entry »


VNPF Commission of Inquiry report a judicial milestone on par with 2015 bribery case

VNPF building, Port Vila. © 2017 Vanuatu Digest

The Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the alleged mismanagement and improper conduct of staff of the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) has uncovered multiple examples of alleged conflicts of interest involving Board Members and staff. A Criminal Read the rest of this entry »


VNPF Commission of Inquiry to hand over report this afternoon to Govt

The Vanuatu National Provident Fund building in Port Vila. Photo: Vanuatu Daily Digest

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Market vendor strike ends; MPs receive Vt 290M gratuity payment

Back in business today: Port Vila's main market house. Photo: Wikimapia

Back in business today: Port Vila’s main market house. Photo: Wikimapia

Yesterday’s market vendor strike lasted just a day. Port Vila fresh produce markets are all open today. There sound to have been multiple misunderstandings, and the Vanuatu Daily Digest will await clarification by saying nothing more at this time.

The 52 members of the tenth legislature have received Vt 290 million between them as their gratuity for their term in office. The ex-politicians currently in prison for taking bribes also receive the termination severance fee. (Daily Post)

GJP MP for Tanna Andrew Napuat has publicly presented the accounts of his MP allocation to constituents, and like other GJP politicians he has invested heavily in school fees. In 2016, the MP spent Vt 1.3 million, contributing to the education of 36 students. His transparent financial reporting is said to be the Read the rest of this entry »


Govt appoints new DGs; scale of VNPF’s non-performing investments substantial

Statue outside Vanuatu's Parliament

Six acting Directors-General have been appointed by Government. They are Sam Namuri (Public Works), Benjamin Shing (Agriculture), Michael Mangawai (Lands), Pakoa Siri (Justice), Jesse Dick (Education) and George Borugu (Trade and Tourism). They have all been advised of what is expected of them as Directors General and have been notified of the consequences of misconduct. A performance review will take place in 12 months. There are specific terms of reference for two DGs relating to Cyclone Pam recovery for Trade and Tourism, and the backlog in processing customary land ownership and leases for Lands. (Daily Post)

The total of non-performing investments considered by the Vanuatu National Provident Fund Commission of Inquiry is colossal. There were VNPF loans for both properties and equities including Read the rest of this entry »