From; http://www.dailypost.vu/ - Vanuatu Daily Post, Feb. 27, 2010
In Vanuatu, prominent investor Robert Monvoisin has confirmed his newly built Copra Oil Mill in Epi will be officially opened at the end of April.
[PIR editor's note: Epi is a small volcanic island just north of Efate, the main island in Vanuatu. Vanuatu's economy is primarily agricultural; 80 percent of the population is engaged in agricultural activities that range from subsistence farming to small commercial farming of coconuts and other cash crops. Copra is by far the most important cash crop making up more than 35 percent of the country's exports, followed by timber, beef, and cocoa.]
A spokesman for the company had explained that when the Mill opens it will cater to all copra producers in Shefa and Malampa and even further north.
He also called on farmers to be ready to meet the demand from the mill.
Meanwhile the President of Shefa Province Lami Sope had praised Monvoisin for upgrading the roads at Votlo and asked the Central Government to also join in to improve the roads.
Monvoisin confirmed his initiative to repair the roads but said he is not going round Epi.
"I am concentrating on Votlo to help copra producers market their copra", he said.
Epi has great potential to become a major player in the economy of Shefa Province as well as the country. The biggest challenge however, remains its roads.
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