30 Apr 2014

PNG Govt says SDP Board removal of Govt representation illegal

10:49 am on 30 April 2014

The Vanuatu Government is re-structuring the Vanuatu Commodities Marketing Board into a more farmer-focused, innovative and transparent institution.

The Vanuatu Digest reports that the aim is to eradicate agricultural poverty by 2016.

The key commodities of copra, dried cocoa beans and kava chips remain at the top of the list but the new body will end what it calls ineffective subsidies and focus on sustainable activities.

20,000 hectares at South Santo and Malo are to be certified organic for production of organic copra oil, copra meal, virgin coconut oil and other value added products.