SICCI and SITCO Engage with Communities

Women in the community were happy to have received this assistance which they say will help them with a variety produces to sell at the markets and also feed their families.

THE Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) is supportive of an initiative by Solomon Islands Tobacco Company (SITCO) that will reap many benefits for local farmers in communities around the GPPOL area in East Guadalcanal.

As part of its community services involvement, SITCO have been handing out vegetable seedlings to communities in and outside of Honiara to the local farmers.

SICCI representatives joined SITCO in engaging with community members on Thursday 9th May during an official event to hand over 20 thousand seedlings to communities in GPPOL 1, 2 and 3.

The giving out of vegetable seedlings to communities is made possible through SITCO’s ‘Project Harvester’, launched in March earlier this year in Kolina 1 village, East Guadalcanal where over 4000 seedlings were also handed out.

SICCI Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ms Atenasi Ata lauds SITCO for their willingness to engage with our communities stating that giving back to communities is good for companies and businesses to help the communities that all of us are a part of.

“As Chamber, we believe in empowering our people with necessary means to improve their livelihoods and we thank SITCO for this substantial initiative,” she said.

SITCO is a member of the Chamber.

Project Harvester aims to hand out one hundred thousand seedlings to village farmers this year, 2019.

SITCO General Manager, Mr. Shusendra Singh said the company realizes that the GPPOL farmers are amongst the common fresh vegetable sellers at the Honiara Central Market.

“We are pleased to be here handing over 20 thousand seedlings and share in the success journey of the local farmers of GPPOL 1, 2 and 3,” Mr. Singh said during the handover of seedlings last Thursday, 9th May.

Mr. Singh also acknowledges Kastom Garden who are their partners in this project.

“Kastom Garden are our third-party suppliers of quality seedlings and technical advice trainings on a weekly bases to the farmers,” he said.

Project Harvester does not only donate seedlings but will also provide technical.