Minister for Forestry and Research, Honourable Samuel Manetoali paid visit to Eagon Pacific Plantation Limited’s (EPPL) Arara camp, South New Georgia, Western Province recently.
The two days visit is part of his annual visits purposely to see first-hand the downstream processing engaged by EPPL in the form of producing veneer products.
Minister Manetoali expressed his gratitude on seeing the veneer factory operated by Eagon Company, giving credit to them as a model that all licenced operating logging companies and plantations should follow suit.
“I am encouraged by the efforts taken by Eagon as a forestry plantation company to venture into veneer production utilising its plantation as one of its approach to downstream processing.
“This fulfils one of the priority policies of the Solomon Islands Democratic Coalition for Change Government (SIDCCG), downstream processing and adding values before exporting.”
He adds Eagon Company leads the way forward on this regard and if other logging companies and forestry plantations can do the same, the country will not fall short in terms of its tree resources and skills transfer with capacity building.
Eagon Solomon Islands Managing Director, Mr Boyoung Moon was delighted with the Minister and delegates who visited, stressing it as one of the great opportunities to
have very important person like the Minister visiting their camp and see for themselves what they are doing.
He said as one of the leading forestry plantation company in Solomon Islands, they are humbled but impressed to create and be part of the means or solution that can sustain forest resources through the efforts of tree planting and adding value to normal export of round logs through the recent introduction of the veneer production.
“More importantly to have such high dignitaries with the Minister visiting us is even more encouraging.”
Mr Moon adds Eagon is also keen to share the experiences and the knowledge learned over the years with partners including other logging companies and forestry plantations if given the opportunity.
– MoFR Press