Farmers reap rewards

7 04 2014

Source: Post-Courier

By SEBASTIAN HAKALITS

FARMERS in North Bougain-ville are now enjoying the benefits of selling their copra following the increase in copra prices.
After the drop in prices of copra in 2012, copra plantations were left unattended, resulting in many families resorting to other means of earning an income apart from those that earn a fortnightly salary.
Pristine 101Ltd, an Indian based company who bought the Kokonas Industries Koporesin (KIK) assets in Bougainville, has set up a copra mill in the heart of Buka town and is now buying the produce at a very high price compared to other local copra buyers.
A local farmer, Saul Katsin, who now usually sells his copra to Pristine 101, said he is now seeing the real benefit of copra as he is also able to save some money with the cheque he gets and deposits into his account at the bank.
“When the price of copra was down, it could not sustain my family needs, so I and my wife resorted to selling betel nut, smoke and other things in the village just to meet our household needs,” Mr Katsin said.
“Since the rise in price of copra, you can see now that Buka town is crowded mostly with copra farmers and as evident, shops are also making more money with a lot of their goods selling out and not gathering dust on shelves.”
Pristine 101 was commissioned in January by Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Tommy Tomscoll when he accompanied Prime Minister Peter O’Neill on his Goodwill visit to the Region with other ministerial delegates.
It started buying copra at 65 toea per kilogram or K650.00 per tonnage but has gradually increased to K1.02 per kilogram or K1002.00 per tonnage.
The manager of Pristine 101 said the company is here “not as traders but manufacturers and we are here for one purpose and that is to buy, mill, and export the coconut oil to overseas markets and we buy according to the world market price”.
“We are encouraging farmers to dry their copra properly with a moisture percentage of 5 percent and below, and that we will pay for, at the exact buying price and when it is 6 percent and upwards we will deduct the moisture percentage with the current buying price,” the manager, who asked not to be named, said.
“We give incentives to truck owners in terms of giving them K2.00 per bag for every load of copra they bring in which they collect after every month and shortly we will also pay boat owners who carry copra from across Kokopau.”
“Free bags are also given to farmers who come in with their copra on Mondays and Fridays in replacement of their copra bags and we are also educating farmers on copra drying.”
The manager has also cleared some grievances of farmers regarding payment of cheque to them when selling their produce.
He said this is to encourage farmers to open accounts with the banks so that they can save some money as well as it is also for safety reasons of the company.
Farmers can open accounts with the Bank of South Pacific or Nationwide Micro bank in Buka to make it more convenient for them so they can save money too, the manager said.





HONIARA FLOODING

7 04 2014
After the Flooding

After the Flooding

Check the link below for more

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-07/an-dorney-honiara-first-person/5371202





BOAT TO VISIT BUKA TOMORROW

3 04 2014

By Aloysius Laukai

A tourist boat with 86 American Tourists and 13 crews will arrive in Buka tomorrow morning for a two-hour visit to Buka.
The National Geographic Orion is coming from the United States of America and passing through the Solomon Islands into Buka.
The Bougainville Tour officer and CEO for the Tourism Division, LAWRENCE BELLEH TOLD New Dawn FM this afternoon that the ship is expected into the Buka wharf at exactly 8AM tomorrow morning.
They will be met by cultural groups at the Buka main wharf before travelling to HANGAN village for the formal entertainment before boarding back their ship.
New Dawn FM understands that this would be the first shortest visit by a tourist Boat coming to Bougainville.
And this is the first time for this NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ORION to enter into the waters of Bougainville.

Ends
Picture of a similar ship taken from their website
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LATEST LETTER CIRCULATING AROUND

2 04 2014

Dear Chairman Daveona,

As I reflected on your e-mail regarding the leaseholders desire to
accept a K13 million settlement from BCL, I think that it is important
that you realize that the decision to accept BCL’s fraudulent
calculation does not put an end to the suffering that the communities
have endured. Rather, it will conclude their lives with the last
injury inflicted by BCL. Their suffering, which if we pursue the full
benefit due the people and the country, could serve as the funding
source for a new economy and an Autonomous land will be given away for
a “bowl of porridge” served by a corrupt organization. The
leaseholder decision is to give away your birthright for an enemy who
has contempt for you and is taking the emotions of the people as the
last form of manipulation.
I am already aware that BCL and Rio Tinto’s accountants have been
advised of the fact that a new paradigm is being considered. I have
had conversations with them about becoming a part of the solution
rather than the problem. Therefore, this is EXACTLY the wrong time to
give in to the temptation being offered in the wilderness of years of
sadness. This is a time to truly educate the people that the seeds of
an entire future are right before them and a host of international
witnesses are watching. For all the pain, suffering and misery that
BCL has cost, do not let 40 pieces of silver blind the community to
the treachery that it represents to this and all future generations.
By accepting the offer of BCL, you would:
- limit the Independent State of Papua New Guinea’s ability to collect
tax and penalty income of as much as K43 million;
- limit the landowner’s ability to receive benefit of over K100 million; and,
- set a precedent that KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers can continue to
mislead and conceal on behalf of their clients BCL and Rio Tinto
without consequence.
If the future of Bougainville is to be sustainable, independent and
free, this is the time to stand with renewed resolve – not to
surrender to the forces of fear, mortality and greed.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Martin





Two Bougainville buildings win top New Zealand design awards

27 03 2014

Source Radio Australia Pacific Beat
Posted 27 March 2014, 18:09 AEST
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A library and cultural centre in Arawa, Bougainville has won two awards at the 2014 New Zealand Wood Timber Design Awards.
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The Bougainville Haus Stori and & Culture Centre was recognised for the the best use of indigenous timber, and it also won the award for best Outdoor Infrastructure

The building was designed by Paul Kerr-Hislop at the request of the Bougainville Library Trust – an organisation established by Lloyd Jones, who wrote the best-selling novel, and now film, Mister Pip.

Presenter: Heather Jarvis

Paul Kerr-Hislop, winning architect





WOMEN MAKE PRESENTATIONS

27 03 2014

27 March 2014

By Aloysius Laukai in Hutjena

The two-days Bougainville women’s forum this afternoon started getting recommendations on the future if the Panguna mine.

The women started presentations starting with South Bougainville, Central and North Bougainville.

On the Presentations, the Buin district women fully supported the ABG by recommending the immediate reopening of the mine but with conditions and for a certain period of time.

The women of Buin wanted funds from the mine and re-invested into Agriculture,Fisheries and Tourism.

The presentation by the Siwai women also supported the reopening but demanded other social issues that goes with the mine re opening.

Bana women also wanted the mine reopening but gave conditions.





BOUGAINVILLE NEEDS TO MAKE UP THE DECISION QUICK

26 03 2014

By Aloysius Laukai in Hutjena

The ABG Chief Administrator, CHRIS SIRIOSI says Bougainvilleans need to make up their mind on the future of Bougainville now or never.

He made these remarks at the Opening of the Bougainville Women’s Forum on mining at the Hutjena Secondary School hall this morning.

MR. SIRIOSI said that Bougainville cannot go on and on without deciding the future of Bougainville and spend monies that can be better utilized in other areas that are needed most.

He said the women of Bougainville are the most powerful people who can either decide for the progress of Bougainville.

Chris Siriosi
Chief Administrator, CHRIS SIRIOSI talking at the Opening session








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