Youth challenges gov’t to focus on agriculture, tourism

By Mike Puia

A local youth, Kemuel Mauta, has challenged the government to focus on developing the country’s agriculture and tourism sector.

Mr Matua said unemployment is a serious problem in the country and the agriculture and tourism sector has the potential to solve the problem.

He said the two sectors provide a lot of work where the country’s 80 percent who live outside Honiara can be involved in and earn an income.

“The government cannot address the issue of unemployment in this country unless it promoted agriculture and tourism,” Matua said.

He said he doubted other sectors would help address the problem.

“Agriculture and tourism are the two sectors that are accessible to our local populace,” Matua said.

He said the two sectors can generate employment given the country’s abundant natural resources.

Matua added this requires the government to revive cattle industry, initiate farming programmes and explore programmes in the tourism sector.

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