National Agriculture Festival next year

Farmers urged to start planting to prepare for the National Agriculture Festival next year on Santo

By Anita Roberts

Vanuatu will be hosting a National Agriculture Festival in 2018.

This initiative has been announced by the Minister responsible for the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Bio-Security (MALFFB), Matai Seremaiah.

It will be held on Santo in Sanma Province and will be an opportunity to showcase agricultural products with the participation of all provinces.

There are plans to organize the National Agriculture Festival along with Rodeo on Santo.

When announcing the initiative during the launch of the Sanma Agro-Forestry Nursery on Santo recently, Minister Seremaiah urged farmers to start planting for the event.

Such initiative supports the National Sustainable Development Plans of 2016 to 2030 in meeting national food security through an increased sufficient and nutritionally adequate food production.

Free seedlings and planting materials were distributed freely to farmers who were present as part of the launch.

It includes vegetables and food crops as avocado, navel Tahitian lime and mango and cash crops like cocoa, kava, sandalwood, coconut.

Minister Seremaiah also told farmers on Santo that Vanuatu will be hosting the Pacific Week of Agriculture in October this year.

Not only that but they (farmers) will also contribute significantly to the Pacific Mini Games scheduled in December.

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