Mariculture hatchery opens in Vanuatu

Breeding programmes have begun and fingerlings are available for people who may be interested in prawn aquaculture, as well as restocking invertebrates to the wild.

The 20 million vatu facility is funded by the Vanuatu Government with the support of the Pacific Community (SPC).

Mariculture is a specialized branch of aquaculture (which includes freshwater aquaculture) involving the cultivation of marine organisms for food and other products in the open ocean of offshore aquaculture.

Fire destroys butcher on Luganville in Vanuatu

Eye witnesses and a staff of a takeaway outlet that is in the same building said the fire may have started in the kitchen.

The fire happened around 7pm on Saturday. 

Firefighters attended to the scene and managed to prevent the fire from spreading to other buildings.


Light earthquake reported near Luganville, Vanuatu

The earthquake hit early morning on Monday 7 December 2020 at 2.22 am local time at an intermediate depth of 116 km. Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change in the coming hours as the agency continues to process seismic data.

Volcano Discovery monitoring service identified a second report from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.6 as well.

Vanuatu’s Luganville hosts traditional canoe festival

Coordinator for the Canoe Festival, Jacques Tronquet, who is also the person behind this initiative, explained that the objective is to revive the traditional use of canoes with sails and at the same time promote canoe use for tourism purposes.

“We will have representatives from all the nearby islands to part take in this event.

According to Tronquet, those that are interested to participate were required to bring with them their canoes from their island or province of origin, or could just use a canoe on Santo.

Vanuatu Bureau of Standards establishes laboratory in Luganville

Until April 28 2020, all quality tests undertaken for food, drinks and other bi-products are done in the Port Vila laboratory.

According to VBS Chief Executive Officer Ruth Amos, the lab based at Agriculture College will benefit most producers up North, especially kava producers who export their products overseas.

Upon VBS request, the Board of the Vanuatu Agriculture College gave the go- ahead to use an empty laboratory at the college to house VBS equipment, which will be used to conduct quality tests.

Port Vila Lord Mayor Festa presents supplies to Luganville

“The shipment of goods should have arrived on Monday but the lockdown in Malekula following the COVID 19 scare forced the crew and the captain of the Pacific Star to be put in quarantine for nearly four days,” Mr Festa explained.

Before the delivery he thanked Port Vila based companies like Au Bon Marche, Vila Hard Ware, Vate Beverage, Leong Hardware, Wilco Harware, Computer World, Vila Distribution and Cellovila for donating the items.

Port Vila and Luganville established sister city relations in 1997.

Families in Vanuatu’s Luganville evacuation centres receive food

The ministry has begun distributing 1.2 tonnes of cassava and 211 trays of eggs to families that were affected by Tropical Cyclone Harold last week.

The cassava was sourced from the Agriculture farm and the eggs from Port Vila.

The National Disaster Management Office is expected to distribute imported food such as rice and canned meat Tuesday (today).

The MALFFB team will only distribute locally sourced food items. The same goes for other islands affected by TC Harold.

Close to 70 percent of Vanuatu's Luganville destroyed by Cyclone Harold

Matai Seremaiah returned to the country's second-largest town yesterday, and said it had been transformed by the direct hit from the category five Cyclone Harold this week.

He said two people died on Malo island, and he estimated more than a thousand people were in evacuation centres.

Mr Seremaiah said power had been restored to the hospital, but there was a dire need for water and shelter.

"When I got down yesterday I was just lost, just don't know where to start," he said.

Fire destroys five classrooms in Vanuatu school

All stationery such as books and teachers laptops were also destroyed.

Sanma Education Improvement Officer, Marcel Bonwel said they are still not aware of how the fire started.

He added that they had contacted the fire service immediately when the fire started raging, unfortunately when the fire truck arrived everything had already burnt down.

Bonwel said an investigation is underway and a report on the incident will be submitted to the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) soon.



Luganville launches new NCDs treatment centre

The centre was made possible after a space was allocated by Luganville Municipal Council at Sarakata area for the construction of the NCD hub.

The council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health to work together in addressing NCDs.

Mayor of LMC, Peter Patty and staff of the council joined officials from the Ministry of Health (MoH) in the ground-breaking ceremony which was witnessed by partners including the World Health Organisation (WHO), last week Saturday.