Honiara : 1 October 2016
Letter to the Editor, Island Sun Newspaper
I am always pleased to read of the progress and achievements of local Solomon Islanders, individuals, companies, NGO’s, Health Workers, Students and particularly farmers groups that have been successful with virgin coconut oil or palm oil production, cocoa and coffee.
It is particularly good to learn of the recent report that the coffee growers of East Central Guadalcanal have linked up with one of New Zealand’s most successful coffee roasteries, in a move that can open up new markets in the Asia-Pacific region.
From a story in your newspaper, I read that the owner of the old soap factory in Ranadi has provided Labuhila Coffee Framers Association (LCFA) with a processing machine that will process coffee beans for export to New Zealand’s Joop Incafe Roastery.
LCFA’s spokesman, Liston Veni, said the association started processing Friday last week after the first order arrived for a two-tonne consignment.
Further processing, roasting and packaging will be done in New Zealand.
A machine to be delivered next year will allow the association to sell their products locally and also export grounded coffee, Mr Veni claimed.
Congratulations are extended to LCFA and to the Solomon Islands Ministry of Agriculture which has assisted 143 coffee growers who are members of the Association with planting materials under a MOA livelihood project.