BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
WOMEN of North Vella la Vella constituency are resorting to cocoa as their main source of income, it is reported.
The recent success of the product domestically and internationally has convinced the women to choose cocoa.
The tree also grows easily on the island, and is said to be growing all over Vella island.
Speaking to this paper in an exclusive interview over the weekend, coordinator of the constituency Mrs Virginia Pilua said they are eyeing cocoa as the main source ‘to earn money with less hard work’.
“We all know besides, the end products of cocoa bean especially chocolate and beverages are considered among the basic food in many countries of the world.
“However, the most important post processing is drying of its beans is drying before storage,” said Pilua.
She said talks are underway on how to get a cocoa dryer for the women.
“As soon our cocoa dryer proposal is approved, will buy the dryer so that women amongst five zones of the constituency will work their cocoa plans as source of income into action,” she said.