19 Nov 2015

Pacific urged to invest more in Agriculture

3:07 pm on 19 November 2015

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community is encouraging governments in the region to put more emphasis on developing their agricultural sectors.

The team leader of SPC's Pacific agriculture policy project Vili Caniogo says more than 80 percent of the region's people live in rural areas but this is not reflected in government policies.

Alternate methods are needed for Farming on Atoll Islands.

Farmers, young and old. Photo: RNZI Courtesy of SPC

To change this, the SPC and the EU this week launched the Pacific's second online library of government agriculture policies in Solomon Islands.

Mr Caniogo says that like its Vanuatu predecessor, the agriculture policy bank is meant to make it easier for the ministry and its stakeholders to access and understand the direction in which the sector is going.

"But also to start making claims to their national government about further investment. And some of these areas are in value processing. In organic farming and in using technology as well. These are some of the new areas we think that some of these policy priorities should be putting more focus on."

Women in Solomon Islands Malaita Province harvest Taro.

Women in Solomon Islands Malaita Province harvest Taro. Photo: RNZI Courtesy of SPC