BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
PRESENCE of Solomon Islands cocoa in the world market is positively impacting the country’s capacity and economy.
The success of the country’s cocoa industry means increasing income for cocoa producing communities, more employment created and wellbeing of individuals involved in the trade are improved.
This was revealed by the Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands Rodrick Brazier during the recent Solomon Islands Cocoa and Chocolate festival held in Honiara.
He applauds the country’s cocoa stakeholders especially the farmers for producing such fine quality cocoa.
“Production of quality dried cocoa beans for the international market has the capacity to increase incomes, create employment and improve the wellbeing of cocoa producing communities,” said Brazier.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Strongim Bisnis Mandy Whyte said the growth of Solomon Islands cocoa industry is something everyone can benefit from.
“With this in particular I would like to acknowledge the Solomon Islands Government and the contribution of the Australian Government and the spirit and labour of cocoa farming families and producers of Solomon Islands and the buyers who can connect them to this increased prosperity.
“It’s been a great way for cocoa farmers to connect with cocoa buyers and learn about innovations in cocoa farming and production,” she said.