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Tree replanting to develop island

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, December 19, 2013

THE newly-launched coconut replanting program on Rabi is in line with the government's plans to plant one million trees around the country.

Launched on Monday, the program has been viewed as a major development for the islanders.

Acting Commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu said despite the remote location of the island, the developments taking place on it were interesting.

Mr Bolalevu said the developments were in line with government assistance to improve the living standards of the Banaban people.

"In addition to the recently-commissioned jetty, the ice plant, the bio-fuel project, the forestry nursery, and the construction and maintenance of school buildings, there are few more development projects involving construction that are ongoing," he said.

"This includes the virgin coconut oil factory funded by the Ministry of Strategic Planning through one of its programs known as the Integrated Human Rural Development Programme (IHRDP).

'The project will assist the women and the youth to venture into VCO production while it will also increase their production to meet market demand locally and internationally."

Mr Bolalevu said the other developments on Rabi included the establishment of a fisheries office.