MAL Participates In Western Big Day, Roviana Festival Activities

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The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL), Western
Province Extension Office have participated in the
province’s second appointed day celebration and the
Roviana Lagoon Festival activities, last week.

Chief
Field Officer of MAL, Western Province Extension office,
Sipuru Rove said the event provided an opportunity for
agriculture officers in the province to promote activities
of the Ministry and at the same time disseminate important
information regarding services that MAL is offering to the
general public/citizens.

“The Ministry of
Agriculture is participating in these events promoting the
services they provide to the general public. Stalls were
erected and manned by MAL staff to disseminate vital
information to the public.

“The highlight of MAL’s
participation is the visit of the Honourable Minister of the
Ministry (MAL) Senley Levi Filualea,” Mr. Rove
said.

Mr. Rove said Hon. Filualea visited his officers
and briefed them with plans that the ministry is embarking
on to resuscitate/revive the agriculture
sector.

“The Hon. Minister stressed that Agriculture
is really a backbone of our country especially during this
period of anxiety that our country face.

“The
Covid-19 is seen as a blessing to our country as this is
actually the turning point of the government to realize that
agriculture should be the leading government ministry that
should be prioritize as far as economy, livelihood and food
security are concern. With these, the minister also
highlights that government propose plan is to revive
agriculture sub-station on each constituency of the nine
province in Solomon Islands so that agriculture information
dissemination is effective and have impact to rural
people,” Mr. Rove quoted Hon. Minister Filualea.

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Mr.
Rove said officers also used the opportunity and discussed
challenges and barriers that they often faced in the
province with Hon. Minister Filualea, some of which are
logistics challenges, housing, Office buildings and storage
shed and office Equipment’s and tools.

A sum of
$2000 was donated by Hon. Filualea to support the
officer’s activities during the event.

The Western
Province 37th second appointed day was celebrated at Noro
the province’s Industrial Township and featured along with
the opening of the Roviana Lagoon Festival in Munda on
Monday 7th December 2020.

Roviana Lagoon Festival is
the cultural festival of the people of Roviana Lagoon.
People from all over Roviana Lagoon gather in Munda for this
event of festivity and celebration. All villages parade in
show and style with floats both on water and land. A lot of
cultural and water based activities including competitions
aiming at upholding cultural norms and values were displayed
by participants through organized activities both in land
and sea.

The aim of the Roviana lagoon festival is to
increase awareness of the culture of Roviana, promote
tourism, whilst raise funds for charity that works towards
the preservation and growth of the area and encourages
community participation from residence, organizations and
businesses.

Major companies that operates in the
province like Sol-Tuna, NFD, Telekom, Origin Gas and Solomon
Airline, participated during the lagoon festival.

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