Environment

A number of organic farmers gained organic certification at an award ceremony held at the Ministry of Agriculture last night. The awards were presented by Agriculture associate minister Patrick Arioka. 

Saying no to single-use plastic is a good way to begin reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean, says Phil Somerville.

Labour shortages affecting agriculture in the Cook Islands were among issues discussed during a four-day programme promoting the saving of non-hybrid open pollinated seed, held at the Ministry of Agriculture this week.

Activity at the port of Avatiu increased dramatically yesterday following the return of the Tahitian vessel Tahiti Nui at around 7am.

Prison garden to go organic

Thursday August 16, 2018

A certified organic plot in the prison grounds is almost ready to be planted, says first officer in the support division of the prison service, Tutai Kopa. 

The 102-year-old sailing yacht Joseph Conrad has made a spectacular addition to the line-up of yachts at Avatiu Harbour this week.

Saving seeds from traditional non-hybrid plants is the only way forward, environmentally, financially and for the health of the nation, says Fijian-based Ministry of Agriculture seed researcher and plant health field consultant Mani Mua.

Raromart waste about face

Wednesday August 15, 2018

The Cook Islands National Environment Service (NES) has confirmed that there was no approval given to a contractor clearing away the charred remains of the Raromart Megastore building to dump waste on a nearby wetland.

The Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre in Atupa, which closed its doors last October, will soon be reopening according to whale researcher Nan Hauser.

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