Posted by : Posted on : 23-Apr-2016
Honiara : 23 April 2016

In something of a historic visit, not seen since the Solomon’s colonial era, the Prime  Minister the Hon  Manasseh  Sogavare, led  a  high-powered Government delegation on a brief visit into the Guadalcanal hinterlands, yesterday, to reach  out to  the  rural  communities amidst  the  Democratic Coalition  for Change  Government’s  intentions to  announce  increases to  budgetary allocations  for rural  infrastructure  developments during  the  current parliament session.

In making the trip ahead of Parliament’s meeting next week, the Prime Minister aimed to demonstrate putting the  Central  Highlands of  Guadalcanal  on the  development map and underscore the Government’s striving to redesign strategic  policies aimed  to ensure the  benefits of  the  national budgets goes right to the people in the rural areas.

At the Haiparia  Seventh Day  Adventist  Primary School an announcement was given of a funding package for the transformation of the poorly  staffed primary  school  into a  modern  boarding secondary  school and a new church building for the community.

During the occasion of the historic  visit to the  Central Highlands, the Prime Minister revealed that his  Government had  increased budget funds  on developments  that directly affect rural people, especially infrastructure development.

He said,  “The challenge  of any  government  is making  use  of its meager  resources to best benefit the rural populace and the  government is, therefore, embarking  on  redesigning our  policies, strategically, and better  ensure  our annual  national budget allocations  are reflected in the developments of rural communities”, he concluded

In  another significant commentary, the Prime Minister announced the  increased budget  allocations  for infrastructure development, through individual constituency offices, will enable each constituency  to  acquire its  own  machines for  the  construction of  roads and be  maintained by  constituency  offices under  MID supervision

The Agriculture Minister, the Hon Dudley Kopu, who had accompanied the Prime Minister’s delegation on the trip, spoke to the community about the government’s ongoing assistance to projects in coffee farming in the Birao regions since 1989.

More recently, he mentioned the latest beneficiaries were the Labuhila Coffee Growers Association, who has  been  tasked, through  a  $300,000.00 project,  to  supply Guadalcanal  and  other provincial  farmers  with suitable  coffee beans that would become seedling for other farmers throughout the country.

Minister Kopu advised local villagers that the unique climatic conditions of the highlands may prove to be a benefit in the future, when a reliable road is finally possible. 

Source:   Solomon Islands Government Press Release.


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