The Reserve Bank of Vanuatu (RBV) has provided almost Vt200,000 towards the printing of the National Organic Policy document that will be launched soon during the Shepherds Mini Agriculture Show (SMAS) on Emae Island.
The Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank, Peter Tari, handed over the assistance to the Director of Livestock, Lonny Bong, acting on behalf of the Director General (DG) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Bio-security (MALFFB) and witnessed by the Director of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), Antoine Ravo.
Supporting farmers convert to organic production and also to make Vanuatu become a world leader in organic agriculture is the focus of the 2019 to 2030 Organic Policy. It outlines the organic production standards.
Acting DG Bong said the policy is a very important document to compliment the concept of Vanuatu being an organic country.
"The policy aims to encourage farmers and organic certified agents to boost the standard of farming to another level," he said
Going organic is an advantage to compete in the international market, said the Director for DARD, Ravo.
Deputy Governor Tari said the National Reserve bank is happy to contribute to the national policy.
Apart from the Organic Policy, Reserve Bank is also supporting DARD with the Cocoa Strategy, said Director Ravo.
The development of the National Organic Policy has been supported by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM) and the Pacific Organic and Trade Community (PEOTCom).
The Pacific Community (SPC) also provided technical assistance in developing the policy.
It has been decided that the policy will be launched during SMAS because Emae has been declared an organic island few years ago.
The theme of the Mini Agriculture Show on Emae is 'Grow organic, eat local and think global'.