BY LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE
ON March 21, Women Farmers group in Papagu, Ghaobata ward, East Guadalcanal received farming tools from local fruits and nuts processing company, Jedom Organic Fruits.
This is according to the local fruits and nuts processing company’s press release statement.
The handover of tools was made possible under an agribusiness partnership between the Women’s Farmers group, Jedom Organics Fruits and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock under the Solomon Islands Rural Development Phase 2 project.
Speaking at the hand over occasion was lead partner and director of Jedom Organic Fruits Ltd, Mrs Jennifer Kelly who assured the women of closer collaborations in the partnership.
Mrs Hilda Suri who is the lead farmer thanked the company for the equipment.
“Thank you for supporting, we are excited, and can’t wait to use the tools,” she said.
Moreover, as expressed in the press release, the women farmers have been supported since 2017 and today look forward to developing local products.
“These farmers have been supported, through different levels of trainings since 2017, to further improve productivity and quality of banana, pawpaw, pineapple fruits and taro.
“Most women farmers have completed basic food processing training, and are looking forward to developing local products such as dried banana, pawpaw and pineapple snacks,” said that press release statement.
Further stated is that while Jedom Organic Fruits is encouraging about 100 farming households to plant high producing varieties of banana, pawpaw and pineapples that have high market demands, the company is also strengthening market access for farmers through value adding technics.