29 Apr 2020

Solomon Islands govt hoping to boost agriculture and other sectors

12:13 pm on 29 April 2020

The Solomon Islands government is hoping a re-prioritisation of agriculture and other sectors will create rural jobs.

According to the government, all ministries overseeing resources and productive sectors are reprioritising in response to economic strains caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ministries are re-allocating funds to selected priority areas and related projects.

The government said these projects are those that will result in quick economic returns, have significant impact to the economy and create national employment, especially rurally.

The Manasseh Sogavare-led government has promised an economic stimulus package which it said will boost agriculture, fisheries and tourism, a well as Small-Medium Enterprises.

It said this includes efforts to grow the country's kava exports to the US and other overseas markets.

"Other efforts include fast tracking the development of the Noni industry, increase kava production and export, subsidize copra and cocoa, engage public and private institutes to mass produce root crops both for domestic consumption and export, involve private sector to develop and increase livestock production in-country, develop much needed infrastructure such as abattoirs and slaughter houses," a government release said.

The government said it would announce its stimulus package soon.