12 Sep 2013

Eastern Guadalcanal in Solomons waiting for roads/bridges

3:04 pm on 12 September 2013

A major agricultural producer in Solomon Islands says it would be great if the government would build roads and bridges in the Guadalcanal plains area as it has west of the capital Honiara.

A bridge vital to the operation of Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited was washed out last week and Roger Benzie says as a result the company's production was more than halved until it was repaired.

He says the company contributes 10 percent of the Solomon Islands economy and its potential to expand eastward is immense.

"But currently it is very difficult to get out there and talk to the people and arrange for them to express an interest in us planting oil palm and continuing that way."

Roger Benzie says he has heard that infrastructure in the Guadalcanal plains area is scheduled for consideration next year but the government has not confirmed that.