Incubator for Solomon Islands NGO

The Kastom Gaden Association (KGA) of Solomon Islands has received a 400-egg capacity small poultry egg incubator from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock on March 19 2013. The incubator will be used to produce village chicks for distribution to participating farmers at three project sites at Aruligho in Guadalcanal Province, Hunda and Kena in Western Province and Buma in Malaita Province.

This was part of the five year research project aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change on food security and livelihoods in vulnerable areas of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu that was launched in Port Moresby, PNG, on March 10 2011.

MAL Under-Secretary Technical Jim Saelea shaking hands with GKA Chairman Moses Palemo as NARI's Livestock Project Leader Dr Workneh Ayalew looks on

MAL Under-Secretary Technical Jim Saelea shaking hands with GKA Chairman Moses Palemo as NARI’s Livestock Project Leader Dr Workneh Ayalew looks on

The project has since been implemented in Solomon Islands. The project is funded by the European Union and implemented by the PNG National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL), Solomon Islands, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vanuatu and the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria.

The specific objective is to improve the food production capacity of smallholder farming communities in areas where precipitation deficits, excess soil moisture and soil salinity problems are becoming significant threats to agricultural production and productivity.

Apart from small livestock development, the project has components on crop improvement, soil fertility management and water management.

NARI will provide practical training to KGA technicians on the set up and management of the incubato. KGA will also receive an operational budget of about SBD 45,000 (Forty Five thousand Solomon Dollars) from the project and supply chicks to the project on cost recovery basis. KGA has a small village chicken breeding unit that will produce fertile eggs to hatch in the incubator. The incubator will be set up at its head quarters in Honiara.

The Chief Guest of this handing over ceremony was Franck Wickham, Permanent Secretary of the MAL. Other senior executives of MAL as senior officers of the KGA are also in attendance.

The total cost of procurement and shipment of this incubator was about SBD35, 000 (Thirty five thousand Solomon Dollars).

This project is financed by the European Union, which provided a research grant of SBD33million, to finance 80% of the direct costs of the project over its five year implementation period. The National Agricultural Research Institute of Papua New Guinea contributed the matching 20% of the project costs.

More information on this can be obtained from: MAL, Jules Damutalau; Ph: 7441586; Email: j_damutalau@yahoo.com.

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