26/09/2021

National Week of Agriculture marred by constant power cuts

The National Week of Agriculture (NWA) with the Theme, Vanuatu I Redi, has brought over 4,000 people from all over Tafea Province and Vanuatu.

Held at the Lamenu Stadium and the surrounding sites from nearby villages and communities, the event began on 30th September and ended yesterday afternoon, September 3rd.

With all the Departments under Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries, and Biosecurity, including other stakeholder partners in the Industry and trade sectors, the Display booths were all set up around the Lamenu Stadium grounds.

For the duration of the NWA, there were constant power cuts forcing some to buy or rent portable generators or seek power sources elsewhere just to keep their display on, especially those using electrical appliances.

For those who were looking to earn some money from their goods showcased, especially kava bars and food stalls, the Fire Festival which was held alongside the NWA in the Lamenu Stadium, the food and kava was wasted since the constant power cuts forced the show to be postponed in the first day.

Right up to the final day, there was no solution to the constant power cuts.