BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
A new disease has found threatening all Margarine trees in Numbu community, North East Guadalcanal, it is reported.
Following this discovered threat women of Numbu community has called on the government and responsible authorities to address this matter as it (margarine trees) are there only source of income for living.
Addressing the matter President of Numbu women’s club Prudence Maneka said currently all the margarine trees and the new seedlings are been severely threatened by a newly disease which was discovered early this year.
“Currently all our margarine trees are been threatened by a disease which we do not have any immediate remedy for it. It will soon destroy all our trees including the new seedlings that are ready for planting.
“With that I on behalf of the Numbu community called on the national and provincial government and responsible authorities to help us address this matter as Margarine is the only source of income we have left,” said Maneka president of Numbu women savings club.
President Maneka said the smaller trees have been chewed by the African snail which leaves no hope for them.
She said in spite of all the challenges faced by Numbu famers, there are other alternatives which they have turned to for living.
Maneka said this includes cakes and cooked food marketing and selling of crafts.
It is understood that few other responsible authorities have stepped in to address the matter but it still not addressed. For now the threat from this pest is increasing rapidly.