Coconut has been one of the key export commodity of the Solomon Islands for years. Now, a rehabilitation program for coconut farmers of ward 28 in west Kwaio, Malaita province is effectively underway.
A bulking site consist of around 10,000 nuts has already been prepared and will be distributed to farmers when it is ready. Around 3000 nuts have already been distributed to the first farmers in west Kwaio. More farmers are expected to receive their nuts once the nursery is ready for transplanting.
The Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Cloudio Tei’ifi, explained that since coconut is one of main income for rural people especially in west Kwaio, there is a need for the government to set a platform of leading a revival of this commodity at community level.