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MAL And CEMA Partnered To Implement Revitalization Programme


The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) on 6th
August signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the
Commodity Export and Marketing Authority (CEMA) one of the
country’s State Own Enterprise for the implementation of
the government policy redirection on its revitalization
programme.

The objectives of the agreement is to
ensure smooth facilitation of MAL’s support to CEMA’s
implementation work plan 2021 and to strengthen the
partnership between both government agencies (MAL &
CEMA) in the areas of quality assurance and development of
relevant regulations on emerging commodities/cash
crops.

Under the signed agreement, MAL will provide
grant support of $640,000.00 into CEMA’s consolidation
funds so that the activities are effectively implemented as
scheduled as well as collaborate with CEMA in the
implementation of its activities in the provinces through
the Provincial Agriculture Extension services
(PAES).

The MoU is valid for one year period with
grant support to be expended under two focus areas which
include; to conduct 12 quality assurance trainings to
commodity farmers and to produce two cash crops
regulations.

Permanent Secretary Ethel Tebengi Frances
said MAL really happy to help adding the support is to
recognise the ministry’s (MAL) desire to see CEMA come
back and support our rural farmers.

She said MAL is
aware of the DCGA plans now progressing well to revitalise
CEMA so MAL is ready to support implementation of this
revitalisation plan and looking forward to a more
comprehensive MOU with CEMA and the Ministry of Commerce to
roll out this plan.

She said that MAL really want to
see CEMA operate successfully for farmers around the
country.

Patterson Siliota, General Manager of CEMA
while acknowledging government through MAL said the
assistance will go a long way in achieving one of the
government’s key objectives in keeping our economy afloat in
these trying times.

“I would like to thank SIG
through MAL for the allocation of $640,000 from its
Development Budget that will support CEMA in implementing
the DCGA government policy of CEMA Revitalization and
Recapitalization. The support will assist CEMA in conducting
10 QA training for cocoa and coconut farmers throughout the
provinces. Out of the 10 trainings, two cocoa trainings will
be held in Isabel and Temotu provinces, since these two
provinces have yet to host any cocoa QA trainings in the
last 2 years where CEMA had conducted cocoa trainings for
farmers in our provinces (towards registering the cocoa
fermentries). Eight trainings will be on coconut (copra) QA
trainings targeting all provinces except Renbel and
Honiara,” he said.

Mr. Siliota said the trainings
will boost the capacity of our farmers in producing good
quality commodities for the purpose of domestic and exports
markets. “For copra it will be an eye opener for most of
our farmers because CEMA had not been able to conduct copra
QA training for the last decades due to its limited revenues
since the liberalization of CEMA. Also, the new generation
of copra farmers had no access to such training unlike the
past copra farmers who have attended such training in the
past conducted in collaboration by CEMA and MAL in the 1980s
and 1990’s (Agriculture Training Centres in the
past).”

He said another component of this support is
the drafting of two new Regulations namely Palm Oil and Noni
to enable CEMA as the Regulator to be able to regulate the
activities of the industries as required by the CEMA Act.
“This will allow us to issue licences to the processors
and exporters as well as establishing quality assurance
systems for these industries and obtaining data on the
production, processing and exporting of these
commodities.”

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