Malekula

NZ company wins Vanuatu’s Brenwe Hydro Plant Tender

The winning bid is for the sum of USD$5.84 million.

There were four bidders on June 20 2019 including Map/Vortex Joint Venture (JV) of New Zealand; HNAC Technology Company Ltd of China (Single Entity); Pacific Engineering Projects Ltd of New Zealand (SE), and the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) with Dongfang Electric International Corporation (DEC) (JV).

The Vanuatu Project Management Unit (VPMU) anticipates that a signing of the contract between the government and the New Zealand joint venture company will take place before the end of the month.

Vanuatu Agriculture assists cocoa farmers on Malekula

Officers from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development visited Metenesel Cocoa Project on Malekula recently as part of the Government’s plan to increase production on farms.

“Currently Metenesel Cocoa Project produces over 80 tons of cocoa beans annually that are exported to overseas market. This is due to poor plantation management and old cocoa trees”.

“There are over 600 cocoa farmers throughout the country, excluding other farmers who are working with local cocoa only,” the department said.