The Solomon Islands' new Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Severino Nuaiasi has been sworn in.
Mr Nuaiasi took up the ministerial appointment, taking over from Deputy Prime Minister Toswell Kaua.
Mr Kaua will take up the post of Public Service Minister left vacant by the death of former Minister and East Malaita Member of Parliament the late Joses Sanga.
Mr Nuaiasi, MP for West Are'are, is a long-time public officer, serving in various national government departments and also at provincial levels.
He said he is happy to take up the appointment and committed to ensure government policies on Agriculture and Livestock are fulfilled to people, particularly in rural areas.
He said Agriculture is one of the important sectors of the government's "bottom-up-approach" policy.