11 Feb 2009

Cocoa, copra top earners again in Solomon Islands

11:33 am on 11 February 2009

Cocoa and copra producers have again made a record-breaking achievement last year, earning a combined 32 million US dollars in export earnings.

Moses Pitakia Pelomo, general manager of Commodities Export Marketing Authority told the Solomon Star newspaper that this is a dramatic achievement.

He says the additional 18 million US dollars earned in 2008 is a 135 percent increase on 2007.

Mr Pelomo said this was a major achievement despite the many inherent problems that producers, traders, exporters and shippers continued to face.

He said 41,810 metric tonne of copra and 4,548 metric tonnes of cocoa were exported from Solomon Islands in 2007.