Vanuatu agriculture

Vanuatu and China to expand cooperation in agriculture, fisheries, livestock

Both said that this initiative will maintain diplomatic relations.

They reviewed cooperation in the key sectors and agreed to expand cooperation in the areas of investment and trade too.

The two ministers held their first ever dialogue recently this week during Minister Han’s visit with his delegation.

Minister Nevu highlighted the status, opportunities and challenges facing the agriculture sector of Vanuatu.

Vanuatu seeks more support from FAO

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai has also sought FAO’s assistance to build capacity in data collection and analysis with special regard to monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP).

The NSDP is a nationalization of the Sustainable Development Goals at the global level.

Salwai addressed a summit with the FAO in Rome last Saturday.

Vanuatu is particularly interested in climate resilience crops that will ensure food security especially post-disasters.

Vanuatu gears up for Pacific Week of Agriculture

The week-long event is aimed at becoming Pacific's premiere agriculture event on the Pacific calendar and bringing together people from different agriculture sectors to discuss the future of agriculture.

PWA Media and Communications Team Leader, Kiery Manassah said the event will attract more than 2000 people from across the region and internationally.

“All 26 members of Pacific Community (SPC) which includes four metropolitans- Australia, New Zealand, France and US will be at the meeting and represented by the respective Agriculture Ministers and Officials,” he said.

Highlight on importance of Pacific agriculture in Vanuatu

That is the view of the communications head of the inuagural Pacific Week of Agriculture in Vanuatu in October, Kiery Manassah.

He said they are putting a lot of work into the event, which could bring together up to 200 people from around the Pacific region.

Mr Manassah said it is a sad fact not many people in Pacific countries recognise the importance of agriculture.

"Therefore you know, a lot of focus has been on other sectors," he said.

Vanuatu to host up to 200 PWA delegates

The figure has been revealed by organizers in Port Vila who are optimistic PWA, which will combine for the first time, two key regional agriculture meetings – the Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services meeting organised by the Pacific Community or SPC, and the and Forestry Services Meeting organised by SPC and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation or FAO.

It is anticipated that PWA will live up to its billing as the premiere agriculture and agritourism forum for the region.

Good signs in Vanuatu potato planting programme

 trial on the southern-most island of Aneityum has yielded very good results and the first potatoes have been harvested at Port Patrick Agriculture station.

According to DARD, there are healthy potatoes growing at Malafau Area, West Efate and farmers are expecting a good harvest shortly.

Epau and Pangpang regions of North East Efate are also showing healthy farms and farmers there are anticipating a good harvest soon.

The potato planting programme started in Tanna earlier this year and it was extended to the other provinces.

Vanuatu benefits from vegetable cultivation workshop in China

The participants from Vanuatu joined trainees from 21 other countries in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific regions.

Developing the vegetable sector plays an important role in improving people’s food security, nutrition and livelihoods in Vanuatu.

The training was aimed at helping participants improve their country’s vegetable production technology, promote development of the agriculture and look at challenges faced by the sector.

Vanuatu’s Tanna Coffee anticipates good harvest for 2017

The harvest is anticipated to be the largest since Tropical Cyclone Pam hit the country in 2015 and farmers are happy about their achievement.

Tanna Coffee management says as they come closer to the end of the harvest season, it reminds them of how far they have reached since 2015.

“Every single day we are happy to be alive and moving forward, and every single coffee bean picked and processed counts towards the future of our farmers and their families, “said the management.

Potato, onion carrot planting programme extends to Epi

The programme is part of efforts to support the Tropical Cyclone Pam Recovery project by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Last month 72 bags (about 1.4 tons) of potato seeds were supplied to 23 farmers from Votlo Village down South to Nikaura up North East.

The farmers were also supplied with 254 packets of onion seeds and 391 packets of carrot seeds.

A training was conducted by Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) potato technician, Isaac Iaruel and AAO, Epi John Willie during the distributions.

Vanuatu to replant 1 million coconut trees by 2026

According to the plan, 100,000 coconut trees will be planted annually until 2026.

The Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), Antoine Ravo says coconut trees have withered as a result of cyclones and there is a need to plant new ones.

“There are many coconut trees but they are not good for producing fruits as the plants are old and the number of plants have decreased after Cyclone Pam,” said Ravo.

A new coconut sector strategy will identify gaps and provide causes of action to help revive the sector.