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300K for farms

Ana Madigibuli
Monday, February 11, 2013

After missing out on the Rural Outer Island Agriculture Development program last year, the Eastern Division is back in with a provision of $300,000.

This was confirmed by the Commissioner Eastern Lieutenant Colonel Netani Rika.

Rural Outer Island Agriculture Development programs (ROI) have become an interesting topic for farmers around the country as they provide agriculture assistance to those wishing to generate more income from their farms.

Lt-Col Rika said people in the division were fortunate to be assisted by the ROI programs.

He said the Eastern Division was generally focusing on constructing island circular roads and in some cases improving existing ones.

"We are also looking at improving the economy of the maritime islands and projects that can drive the economy," Lt-Col Rika said.

"We are working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and line ministries to assist in the growth of the economy," he said.

"We are mindful of what is in the People's Charter for Change which is closely related to improving the islands' economy, that is reducing poverty in the islands.

"The ministries of education, health and women are also working on improving their areas of service in the Eastern Division." He said transportation problems in the division should minimise when another vessel joins the government fleet this year.