PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela is impressed with the noni farming initiative introduced by Member of Parliament for North West Guadalcanal, Bodo Dettke.
Prime Minister Hou has acknowledged the economic benefits noni farming will provide to the country.
He said that the Government must take on board this initiative and come up with a holistic approach to include this in the Government policy.
Dettke and the Noni Farmers Association this week met with the Prime Minister and his deputy Manasseh Sogavare at the Paul Tovua Complex, Parliament.
Dettke during the meeting also informed Prime Minister Hou on the benefits of noni farming and the large market demand internationally.
He encouraged the Government to invest in noni farming which will bring both economic and social benefits to the country.
“If countries like Tahiti and Samoa can supply noni to the world markets, why not a country like Solomon Islands with a big land mass and great labour supply? We can achieve maximum benefits in noni exports,” he said.
The North West Guadalcanal MP said since its establishment, the noni association has helped provide income to families within the North East Guadalcanal constituency.
Meanwhile, Dettke also stated settling land issues for designated settlers for farming within the constituency.
The Prime Minister and his deputy Sogavare have both welcomed the noni farming initiative.
The meeting was also attended by chairman of Caucus, Jackson Fiulaua (MP).