More farmers benefit from MAL’s export crop program
Two Noni farmers receive support from GP extension staff.
More farmer groups in Guadalcanal province have taken delivery of agricultural equipment under the 2021 crop export program of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL).
These are the association of farmers from Kava Hauvalisi (Babanakira) in the south of Guadalcanal and a group of farmers from Numbu noni in the vicinity of the northeast of Guadalcanal and two noni farmers from the Gilbert Camp colony. The delivery was recently made by the MAL Guadalcanal extension office.
The recently introduced program, “Export Crop Program 2021” replaced the previous Sustainable Economic Growth and Export Strengthening Program 2020 (SEGES) in line with the government’s realignment policy, but continues to maintain similar support to farmers, producers and exporters.
Guadalcanal Agriculture Extension Field Manager (CFO) Joseph Wotomaru said the support was part of the MAL Export Crop 2021-2024 program, which aimed to empower farmers and buyers to improve their productivity and income. .
The support included the distribution of wheelbarrows and pruning tools to help farmers harvest and manage their noni and kava plants while improving agricultural productivity.
Mr Wotomaru said the delivery included wheelbarrows, gardeners, pruning shears (pruning scissors) and other essential farm equipment.
“The farmers who are part of the two groups or associations of farmers are those (the farmers) who will directly benefit from the support as they will use the tools to improve their farming activities,” Wotomaru explained.
Mr Wotomaru added that for the Hauvalisi Kava Producers Association (Babanakira) in the remote south of Guadalcanal, the support will really help them as their only main mode of transport to load the produce from the farm to the east coast is the wheelbarrow.
Mr. Wotomaru said that the beneficiaries (farmers) are really happy and recognized MAL for the assistance which will definitely help them in their farming businesses.
He then thanked the leadership of the MAL extension department for facilitating and purchasing agricultural tools under the program and for ensuring that they are delivered safely to farmers.
The distribution was part of MAL’s continued support under its 2021 Export Crop Program, a ministry medium-term development program (MTDP) that is implemented through 2024 to boost farmers’ agricultural productivity. and improve their income. Farmers in other provinces have also received similar support under the program.
The main objectives of the program are:
• Ensure that farmers, associations, producers, buyers and exporters are empowered to increase productivity and increase incomes.
• Improvement of copra productivity through rehabilitation and support for CRB activities
• Improve cocoa productivity through rehabilitation and genetic improvements
• Support the developments of Kava to increase productivity in all provinces
Source: MAL Media
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