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Training Empowers South Choiseul Kava Farmers


Total of 30 farmers has successfully completed two days
of Kava training workshop held at Sivai community, Katupika
ward 2 in South Choiseul Province recently.

Taqu
Conservation and Marine Protected Area financed the training
through the management of Chief David Hakezama from Boeboe
village and facilitated by Chief Field Officer (CFO) from
the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL), Extension
Department in Honiara, MacDonald Hiva and James Tahopa,
Senior Field Officer (SFO) for Western Province Extension
office.

Farmer participants from villages including
Boeboe, Sivai, Makaqa, Viviruni, Ludurango, Zarana, Lituni,
Potutu, Luqubule and Taqu Island attended the
training.

Purpose of the training is to guarantee
farmers know the importance of growing kava in Solomon
Islands; able to learn the agronomic practices of growing
kava and to learn and be able to identify the noble
varieties of kava from the wild varieties.

In his
opening remarks, Provincial Member for Katupika ward 2,
Honourable Benjamin Harrison stressed the importance of
engaging in income generating activities and kava
development is one apart from copra production.

He
further emphasised the importance of the Katupika farmers to
actively participate in agricultural activities as one
source of livelihood for the rural people.

Topics
covered include;

  • History and importance of kava
    in SI
  • Varieties and characteristics
  • Nursery
    establishment & methods
  • Planting methods &
    land preparation
  • Variety identification and
    Pruning
  • Earthing/mounding and spacing
  • Shade
    management and nursery

Planting materials were
also supplied to all the participants after the workshop by
Taqu management.

Trainer and CFO for MAL, MacDonald
Hiva said participants had expressed joy and gratitude
toward the training as this has been the first ever training
for them to have, especially, on kava and they have learned
a lot from it.

“For those who have planted kava,
they will improve and corrected some of the practices not
properly done after the workshop. For those who have
received new planting materials, they will commence on
nursery and try to apply what they have learned during the
two days’ workshop,” CFO Hiva said.

In his closing
remarks, board member of Anarvon Conservation management Mr.
Rence expressed his delight with the training and thanked
Taqu management for supporting the training initiative as an
avenue to empower the rural people of
Katupika.

“Under the Anarvon management household
survey, it was found that in Katupika, marine resource is
rated number one and Agriculture is the second priority
according to the Katupika traditional livelihood
practices.”

Host community (Sivai) supported the
training by providing free accommodation and venue while the
United Church Women Fellowship (UCWF) group in Sivai was
acknowledged for their assistance on catering
services.

Mr. Rence then recognised Chief Poloso for
his consent to host the kava training as well as the
permission to use his kava plot for practical
purposes.

He also thanked James Tahopa and MacDonald
Hiva from MAL for facilitating the training to Katupika ward
farmers and everyone who contributed towards the success of
the two days practical training.

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