Solomons expands seeds programme

6:25 am on 1 December 2020

The Solomon Islands government is extending its vegetable seeds and farming tools distribution programme to the provinces.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock implemented the programme in June through the Covid-19 Livelihood Sector Support scheme.

The scheme is supported by the Australian Government in partnership with the UN's Development Programme.

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This was to encourage households to plant their own gardens in order to subsidise food costs which have been impacted by the pandemic.

The hope is to extend such food security to the provinces, further reducing the impact of Covid-19.

Chairman of the Covid-19 Livelihood Sector Committee Michael Ho'ota said so far, a total of 12,933 packets of seeds had been distributed.

Mr Ho'ota added the target is to ensure all provinces are covered and supported.