CEMA to set up a buying centre at Manekalaku
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has revealed that the Commodities Export Marketing Authority (CEMA) will set up its main buying center at Manekalaku substation in East Guadalcanal next year.
Mr Sogavare said the buying center would consist of warehouses, administration, staff quarters, processing mill for coconut, cocoa and other commodities.
The Prime Minister said talks would commence soon with the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening (MPGIS) to start implementing the project by early 2022.
He said the other buying ports and ports of calls would be opened as a result of the launching of the new main buying center.
Besides revealing the new main buying center, the Prime Minister also spoke highly of Guadalcanal Province’s contribution to other areas of the agriculture sector.
Mr.Sogavare stated that Guadalcanal Province is the only Province that exports noni fruit and holds the monopoly over the cassava industry.
“Cassava has the potential to contribute immensely to the economy I urge you to take advantage of it and capitalize on it,” he said.
Prime Minister Sogavare also acknowledged the people of Guadalcanal for contributing to the food security for Honiara residents.
He said farmers must be acknowledged for toiling in their gardens in order to provide healthy and balanced diets for Honiara dwellers.
Sources: OPMC Press Release and Solomon Times Online.