Israeli firm to set up agribusiness in the Solomons


<p style="text-align: justify;">Last week, just a few days before a devastating 8.0 undersea temblor, which resulted in a tsunami inundating several islands in the Solomons claiming nine victims, an Israeli team of businesspeople visited the country finalizing plans for a business park.<!--more--></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The owners of the company Meir and Anat Goldstein were tasked by the Israeli Government to look at the establishment of the first “Israeli Demonstration Farm” in the country to be located within the proposed “Kadabina Industrial Park,” according to a news report in the Solomon Times.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The team from Israeli company Goldtec Control Systems visited the site at Kadabina, met the landowners task force, the land trustees plus seeing the land where the proposed demonstration farm will be established. “We were called by our Government to work with you in realizing a demonstration farm and we are ready to move the task quickly,” company representative Mr. Goldstein said.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">“Now that issues pertaining to the 39 hectares of land have been finalized, it is now important that the reallocation of housing and a school within the area be sorted out quickly by relevant authorities to enable the work to start.”</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Another group of Israelis, through MASHAV (Israeli Agency for International Cooperation and Development) is to arrive in the next few weeks to finalize the overall Industrial Park implementation plan.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Goldtec Control System specializes in Farming technology and advanced packaging with wide experience in the field of agriculture and processing of Agricultural, Aquaculture and Fisheries products worldwide including regional locations such as in Australia, New Zealand and Japan.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">“We are happy to be here and be selected by our Government as the first Israeli company to lead this initiative here, especially in seeing how Israeli technology can be utilized in fulfilling what is required of an Israeli Industrial Park Model,” Mr. Goldstein said. “Our work begins with the development of the farms to the packaging of the products.”</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Explaining the integrated development-based farming business model, which is known as the ‘regional kibbutzim model’ in Israel, Mr. Goldstein said, “Both agriculture, livestock and aquaculture raised within the Industrial Park are provided to farmers and fishermen in their own tribal areas to cultivate and then be purchased by the factories for processing and then to the market, nationally, regionally and internationally.”</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Israel’s honorary consul in Solomon Islands, Leliana Firisua, said the structure of operation within the “proposed Industrial Park” at Kadabina will be formalized by the relevant authorities and the land trust board over the next few weeks to enable the work to begin.</p>