5 Sep 2006

Supporting Copra producers in Solomon Islands will help economy

8:39 am on 5 September 2006

The Commodities Export and Marketing Authority in Solomon Islands says any government support for struggling copra producers will help to improve the country's economy.

The Authority's Acting Chairman Augustine Rose says one of the major problems for copra producers in rural areas, is the cost of shipping.

He says that accounts for 20 percent of expenses incurred in copra production, leaving no profitable margin.

Mr Rose told the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation that government support would increase the country's copra production considerably.