School fees covered for Vanuatu disaster victims

The council has approved the exemption, worth just over $US1 million, for students from Ambae, following the Manaro Voui eruption.

Students from southeast Ambrym affected by earthquakes are also exempt from paying fees.

Former French ambassador to Vanuatu to face accusers

According to French radio, this has been arranged to happen at the French High Commission in Noumea.

Mr Judes was recalled to Paris in February after a senior New Caledonian businesswoman Cherifa Linossier made the first allegation.

The foreign ministry sacked him last month but he rejects the allegations, saying there may be a plot against him.

Cherifa Linossier said seven other women reported to her that they were also harassed by him.



Vanuatu Tennis signs agreement with Education Ministry

The agreement allows the VAS Development Officers to visit 10 kindergarten and primary schools around Port Vila.

Vanuatu Tennis will be able to run programmes like the Australian Open Pathway (AOP) and the Pacific Sports Partnership (PSP) in the schools.

Vanuatu Tennis says implementing the programme in primary schools is part of the development of tennis in Vanuatu.

Photo supplied. Caption: Minister for Education, Jean Pierre Nirua exchanges documents with Vanuatu Tennis President, Cyrille Mainguy


Preparations underway for Sanma Agriculture Show in Vanuatu

This is part of the preparations for the Sanma Key Farmers Mini Agriculture show that will be held on June 13 and 14 in Luganville Santo.

The fishpond has been completed and tilapia fishes are already in the pond. A chicken house was built on top of the fishpond, now awaiting shipment of broilers from the Department of Livestock in Port Vila.

Mr Kalnpel said vegetable seedlings were also sown and will be transplanted to plots shortly.

“Different varieties of vegetable seeds include Chinese cabbage, round cabbages, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce and capsicum.

Vanuatu minister accused of forcing authorisation of ship operation

 The opposition said that ship was not seaworthy at the time.

Opposition leader Ishmael Kalsakau is calling for the minister, Simeon Seule, to be reprimanded.

Mr Seule told the Daily Post the ship does have deficiencies, but the maritime office has allowed it to be used commercially until repairs are carried out.

He said it was already booked into the slipway at Luganville for repairs to be done in May.


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Vanuatu National Cocoa Strategy workshop in Epi

With growing demand for Vanuatu cocoa internationally, the Department is in the process of developing a National Cocoa Strategy to strengthen and address issues and challenges confronting the cocoa sector.

In his opening address, DARD Acting Principal South, Peter Iesul called on cocoa farmers to focus on three areas required to boost the cocoa sector – “quality, quantity and consistency.”

‘Race for Water Odyssey’ vessel in Vanuatu

Their mission is to raise awareness on marine plastic pollution.

They are also here to offer land-based solutions to tackle the threat of plastics entering the ocean.

On Monday 8 April the team will also organize a “From plastic waste to energy” workshop with local communities in Efate.

The vessel will depart for Solomon Islands on Sunday 14 April.

Kava census for Vanuatu’s South West Bay farmers

The members of South West Bay Farmers Association (SWBFA) will collect information about the number of plants grown by their members from Lembinwen to South Coast on Malekula.

The main purpose of this kava data collection is to find out the total number of kava production in South West Bay.

Production data for kava is one of the activities resolved during the SWBFAs’ first meeting that took place in Lorlow village last week.

It was a first meeting to develop plans for 2019 that will be implemented by farmers in South West Bay.

Kava cuttings distributed to 500 farmers on Vanuatu’s Erromango

The kava cuttings of the ‘Kelai’ kava noble variety (nodes) will be delivered to kava farmers in the six farming communities.

Member of Parliament for Tafea Outer islands, Tomker Netvunei, who is originally from the island chartered the planes to deliver the kava cuttings.

The first chartered flight two weeks ago was loaded with 11 bags of kelai kava cuttings and the second chartered flight last weekend loaded 17 bags of kelai kava cuttings.

The cuttings were purchased from Sakapnoe Kava Farmers Association.