Medicinal marijuana in Vanuatu could impact food security says farmer

The government is looking to legalise growing medicinal marijuana to help boost the sector.

While smoking marijuana will still be illegal in Vanuatu, the new crops would be exported for medical use overseas.

The National Farmers Association's Peter Kaoh said while it could have economic benefits, he worries many farmers could switch from growing food to cannabis.

Mr Kaoh said he's concerned about the impacts it may have on food security.

Vanuatu mayor arrested for alleged hit-and-run incident

Lord Mayor Albert Daniel was detained for driving his official car while drunk as he was visiting his relatives in North Efate.

The Daily Post reports he is likely to be charged and will face trial.

A police commander, Jackson Noal, said no one is above the law, and anyone found driving drunk will be arrested.



Minor eruptions continue at Vanuatu’s Ambrym volcano

According to the latest situational report from the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department, the Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 3.

The Danger Zone for life safety remains at the Danger Zone B which is about 2 km around Benbow and 4 km around Marum craters (including Maben-Mbwelesu, Niri-Mbwelesu and Mbwelesu)

The additional area of risk is within 3 km from major cracks in the South East of Ambrym **.

Vanuatu reports strong economic growth in 2017

The strong performance in 2017 can be attributed to the positive growth in all three industries, agriculture, industry and services.  

The GDP growth in 2017 was mainly driven by industry, followed by services and agriculture.

A VNSO release said though the overall performance in industry has continued from the strong growth in two previous years, its contribution to GDP growth is less than services and agriculture.

Vanuatu defend Oceania beach volley title

Top seeds Miller Pata and Sherysyn Toko defeated Emere Maau-Boutry and Vaihere Fareura 21-17 21-17 in the final, having also beaten the hosts top pairing in the pool stages.

The President of Vanuatu Volleyball, Debbie Masauvakalo said the result maintained their winning run in Oceania and was also a chance to keep blooding new talent.

"This is our third Oceania in a row so we won the 2015 in the Cook Islands with Miller and Linline (Matauatu)," she said.

Vanuatu contemplates legalising marijuana

While smoking marijuana will still be illegal in Vanuatu, the new crops would be exported for medical use overseas.

The Council of Ministers has released a Policy Direction on Cannabis to help establish an ethical cannabis industry in the country.

According to the policy, five licences to grow the crop will be issued over the first five years.

The proposal is set to be reviewed by the new Minister for Agriculture Hosea Nevu before being introduced into parliament for debate in the 2019 parliamentary year.


Vanuatu PM defeats another no confidence motion

This is the second time this month that PM Salwai has survived a challenge to his leadership.

When Speaker Esmon Saimon put the motion to vote this morning, 36 MPs on the government side voted against the motion, 13 MPs on the Opposition side voted in favour.

Speaker Saimon also expressed disappointment saying the calling for parliament today to debate the motion of   confidence is a waste of public money.

He says parliament only passed 3 bills out of 25 bill that were table for the second ordinary session of 2018.

Vanuatu, SPC sign first Country Programme

As an outcome of an extensive consultation process started in 2016, the document will inform and target SPC's portfolio of activities over the next three years.

The purpose of the programming exercise is to ensure development activities are driven by the country's demand, as expressed in its own development and reporting frameworks.

Vanuatu's cornerstone roadmap is Vanuatu 2030, The People's Plan, also known as the National Sustainable Development Plan for 2016-2030 (NSDP).

Vanuatu DARD undertakes monitoring and evaluation of its key programme

The survey targets programmes that have been implemented by the department over the last three years including the use of tractor, production of potato, onion and kava on major production islands throughout the country.

The survey is the first of a series of its kind to be carried out by the department to follow up on its programmes and activities in order to provide an in-depth understanding of whether or not programmes have been implemented effectively and impacted the livelihoods of rural farming communities.

Malekula first option for Ambrym volcano evacuation

Pictures posted on social media show major damage to houses and huge cracks in the earth.

The National Disaster Management Office said local authorities are working on relocating those worst affected to safer parts of the island.

NDMO director Shadrack Welegtabit said if the situation worsens then Malekula Island would be the first option for a larger evacuation.