“The Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock, through their Biosecurity Solomon Islands (BSI) Department, assisted Rennell Islands last month to fight the threat of the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB).
“The CRB, which destroys coconut plantations, is threatening the livelihoods of Rennell Island communities and Solomon Islands farmers.
“To respond to this serious threat BSI sent two of its officers to Rennell Island from 26 May to 1 June to work with two (MAL) extension officers.
“The Ministry of Agriculture works to fight the CRB and raise awareness about the issue. The Ministry also conducts CRB clean ups which is supported by the New Zealand Government by direct funding support and through AgResearch New Zealand; and through the Australian Government initiative, Strongim Bisnis, which helps businesses in the cocoa, coconut and tourism sectors to grow.”
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