BY SAMIE WAIKORI
THE proposed pineapple project for Bonale in West Kwaio is progressing, reported to be ‘only steps away from its implementation phase’.
Senior staff under Labour and Commerce office in Auki, Mr Donation Maneotoa said yesterday that now they are going into the ‘land use planning’ of the project.
He said anytime soon, this week or next week, a delegation consisting of the contractor and technical people will go to the site to conduct the land use planning phase of the project.
Maneotoa said the phase includes planning of the site which will give a clear picture to what the project will be like in its actual implementation.
He added that there are other related technical works required to be done during the phase.
Maneotoa said after that they will conduct the full technology study phase of the project as they move on with the project.
He said these two phases are very important at this stage as it will enable them to come up with the master plan that will include cost and other areas needed for the implementation of the project.
Maneotoa said their plan was to complete these phases by the end of this year and start the implementation of the project by next year.
He mentioned that they are progressing with the work and if nothing holds they back they’ll right on their schedule plan.
Maneotoa said as yet no destructive feedbacks received from landlords of Bonale registered land where the project to establish.
He said that portrays people still intact on the agreement signed with government for the project.
The proposed pineapple project was to establish pineapple factory to process pineapple locally for international markets.