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Project Name: Horticulture Project (Solomon Islands)
Project Description: To assists residents of the Solomon Islands to consume a nutritionally balanced diet, this project will raise local production of crops and provide assistance to implement the government of the Solomon Islands’ agricultural policies.
Overall, this project will:
  1. Assist the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) to extend the planting area for papaya, dragon fruit and guava; produce and promote seedlings as required.
  2. Assist the MAL to establish community-based vegetable production and marketing groups on an annual basis; promote vegetable production and elect a number of households to serve as professional demonstration households each year.
  3. Provide guidance on the supply of agricultural materials and operations associated with product marketing and development; provide technical training for trainees each year; support the operation of farmers’ nurseries and provide training in the production of organic compost.
  4. Provide guidance to counterparts from the MAL to build capacity in relevant skills and management; provide training to farmers involved in production and marketing operations and transfer management operations and technologies as required.

Horticulture Project(Solomon Islands)


Implementation Start Date: 2011/1/1
Implementation End Date: 2015/12/31
Project Objectives: The objectives of this project are:
  1. Assist the MAL to develop an 8-hectare production area for papaya, dragon fruit and guava; produce and promote 7,500 seedlings as required.
  2. Assist the MAL to establish one community-based vegetable production and marketing group per year; promote vegetable production and elect 10 households to serve as professional demonstration households per year.
  3. Provide guidance on the supply of agricultural materials and operations associated with product marketing and development; provide two terms of technical training per year for the benefit of 60 trainees and interns; support the operation of a farmers’ nursery and provide training in the production of organic compost.
  4. Provide guidance to counterparts from the MAL to build capacity in relevant skills and management; provide training to farmers involved in production and marketing operations and transfer management operations and technologies as required.
Executing Agency:
  1. Technical Mission in the Solomon Islands
  2. Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (Solomon Islands)
  3. Provincial agricultural departments (Solomon Islands)
  4. Ministry of Education (Solomon Islands)
Current Progress:

To the end of December 2015, the following activities have been completed:

In 2011:

  1. Assisted the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in developing papaya (‘Red Queen’) orchards in rural areas and carried out papaya production and management capacity building training at an agricultural college; provided guidance over 1 hectare of orchards, produced 1,500 papaya seedlings for use in extension work and held one workshop.
  2. Assisted in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock’s Rural Development Program by promoting vegetable extension work; provided guidance to a community vegetable production cooperative in Burns Creek, providing specialized training to 10 farmers, and carried out vegetable production and management capacity building training at an agricultural school, extending vegetable production over 2 hectares.
  3. Organized one capacity building workshop and demonstration; recruited and trained 10 fruit tree management technicians, including two hired as extension assistants; carried out two fruit and vegetable cultivation workshops and provided guidance and technical support for extension work on outer islands at the request of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
  4. Took on 60 agricultural school students (two classes) for training at the Taiwan Technical Mission farm; provided guidance at the Don Bosco School papaya orchard and established a vegetable farm and grain production operations at St. Joseph School.

In 2012:

  1. Worked with farmers by providing roaming guidance in orchards in rural areas and provided assistance at an orchard at an agricultural school; carried out extension of orchards over 3 hectares, producing 2,000 saplings for further extension; held a demonstration activity to highlight the results of dragon fruit cultivation and provided guidance on extension activities on outer islands twice.
  2. Assisted the promotional work of a vegetable production and marketing organization; added a marketing class and worked with 10 farmers on extension work, extending vegetable cultivation over a total of 4 hectares and carrying out multiple cropping over ​​12 hectares; assisted farmers in developing fruit and vegetable distribution and marketing operations; organized extension activities on outer islands twice (projected to be extended to 1 hectare), reaching 40 percent of the overall goal for such operations.
  3. Assisted personnel with the Rural Development Program in implementing fruit and vegetable extension activities; provided ongoing guidance to 10 technicians with a horticulture program and hired two assistants to work on orchard extension and one assistant to work on vegetable extension; established an organic composting site and trained two groups from farmers’ organizations and one other group on the use and production of organic compost; organized one gardening demonstration.
  4. Organized agricultural vocational training for 60 students, providing guidance on the cultivation of fruits at Solomon Islands College of Higher Education and on fruits and vegetables at St. Martin School, as well as guidance designed to build capacity in the production and management of grains.

In 2013:

  1. Developed the joint extension of papaya and dragon fruit and worked with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock on providing roaming guidance as part of the Rural Development Program; increased guidance on extension to 5 hectares and provided guidance on extension activities on outer islands three times.
  2. To assist the operations of the Rural Development Program, added a vegetable production and marketing class and worked with 10 farmers on extension activities; provided guidance to schools on extension activities, jointly extending 6 hectares of vegetables; established a roaming program of guidance on gardening activities, holding gardening competitions and demonstrations, and provided guidance on extension activities on outer islands three times (projected to be extended to 3 hectares).
  3. Directed training on the division of labor as part of operations at fruit and vegetable production organizations, as well as provided guidance on managing the fertility of papaya and dragon fruit, and held a capacity building workshop; produced 15,000 fruit tree saplings and continued to organize training for horticultural technicians; held two courses on organic composting and seedling nurseries, and a training course on the division of labor in production and marketing, promoting the project’s production and marketing operations; transferred the operations of fruit, vegetable and organic fertilizer production technology and nursery management facilities to farmers.
  4. Continued to provide agricultural vocational training to 60 students at the Taiwan Technical Mission farm; provided guidance on fruit and vegetable cultivation at one new agricultural school.

In 2014

  1. Fruit expanded to a total area of 10 hectares promotion, this year reached to total of 15,500 strains bred seedlings
  2. To promote an area 17.4 ha of vegetables; counseling 3 vegetable production and marketing groups.
  3. Establishment 7 fruits and vegetables, nursery stations in Buran Creek, Henderson and other communities and Meat Lover Mart, KG6 two small farmers' bazaars.
  4. Has recruited and trained 10 new extension assistants; arrange 30 agricultural vocational students internship training; handling capacity building workshops three times, and co-handle fruits and vegetables nursery, lectures and Home Garden planted for guidance for NCD(Non-communicable disease ) project with SPC (Secretariat of the Pacific Community) program.
  5. Guidance Solomon Islands University SINUE and St. Martin RTC school planting and post-flood rehabilitation, the establishment of fruit crops training fields, continued counseling Don Bosco Training Center teacher and students cultivation of fruits and vegetables and nursery internships.

In 2015

  1. Fruit expanded to a total area of 6.7 hectares promotion, this year reached to total of 7,650 strains bred seedlings
  2. To promote an area 21 ha of vegetables; counseling 4 vegetable production and marketing groups.
  3. To handle seedling-breedingcapacity building workshops 1 times,.
  4. Has trained 6 extension assistants and arrange 64 agricultural vocational students internship training.
Project Type: Technical Assistance and Capacity Building
Projected Benefits:
  1. Assist 2-4 communities (50 individual farmers) involved in the work of production and marketing cooperatives to promote the production of newly introduced, high-value fruits and vegetables under the guidance of the Taiwan Technical Mission and MAL personnel.
  2. Promote the production and marketing of 8 hectares of papaya, dragon fruit, guava and other fruits; extend vegetable production over 6 hectares.
  3. Organize three technical workshops and two internships for farmers and students; transfer the management of practice fields to the MAL.
  4. Transfer the overall management of the project on to the MAL in accordance with the planned phases of the project cycle.
Mission: Taiwan Technical Mission in the Solomon Islands
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Cooperating Country: Asia-Pacific, Solomon Islands
Themes: Agriculture
Project status: Completed projects
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  • Date Updated:2018/8/27