Taiwan Assists Solomon Islands Pig Farming
By Silas Lilo
Taiwan Boost Assistance In Solomon Islands Piggery Farming
The government of Taiwan continues to boost support and commitment with the aim to improve piggery farming in Solomon Islands. This is evident as Taiwanese Ambassador George Chan officially opened a Taiwanese-government-funded workshop on pig farming management in Honiara today.
He said the three-day Workshop is aimed at improving the skills and knowledge of rural pig farmers in the Solomon Islands.
"Taiwan sponsored this workshop not for the sake of our own interest, but there are many interested Pig farmers who want to improve their skills and knowledge and that's why we are proud to sponsor this workshop" he said.
Chan said despite various livestock development projects that have been started in Solomon Islands - raising piggery remains one of the successful livestock activities in the country.
This is because of the Melanesian cultural significant of domesticated animals such as pig are a token of wealth, tribute of compensation, cooperation and reconciliation, and also gifts for wedding ceremonies and other festivals ceremonies.
Mr Chan said most importantly the pig industry can boost cash income and also create more work in rural areas.
He said the pig raising project was not just started by Taiwan in Solomon Islands as the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) has started this project three years ago and had help numerous farmers throughout the provinces in the country.
"This was conducted by improving farmer's skills, management, knowledge, disease prevention as well as productivity.
Chan said Solomon Islands had been proved by researchers from the Taiwan Technical Mission that it has the best breed of pigs most suitable for formulated feed.
"With these developments, farmers from different provinces pledge their commitment in participating in this workshop to know more about pig Farming Management," he said.
He said this year on their agenda was the year of pig which means they would be putting more priority in establishing more piggery projects around the Solomon Islands.
"We are not helping them in terms of giving money to start projects but providing them information on how to be a productive farmer.
Chan said although Solomon Islands faced this political turmoil, Taiwan's commitment of implementing this project would continue as it shows the genuine commitment which Taiwan has in their relationship with the Solomon Islands.