bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Friday, May 20, 2005

Seaweed and honey

Two products I didn't expect to excel in the Solomon Islands: seaweed and honey. According to the Central Bank of Solomon Island, seaweed production totaled 204.8 metric tonnes last year and it expects honey production to double by the end of this year. In 2004, there were about 2,000 beehives producing approximately 50 tonnes of honey throughout the country. The European Union is lending support to both industries.

According to the CIA, the islands are rich in undeveloped mineral resources such as lead, zinc, nickel, and gold, but agriculture still dominates the economy.


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