The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) has enriched San Isidro Care Centre’s (SICC) farming capacity to produce
more food with the donation of vegetable seeds and tools to the centre on 5th April 2021.
SICC is a rural training Centre for Special Needs or people with disabilities, located at Aruligo in Northwest
“This generous assistance will help increase our capacity to produce more food for the students and eventually for small
market to help us in our economy sustainability,” Principal Sr. Maria Fe Rollo (SMSM) articulated when receiving the
donation from MAL team which comprised of officers from the Extension Department Headquarter and Guadalcanal Extension
office and Planning Department.
“We are very grateful to MAL for this vegetable seeds and agriculture tools. Also recently we received a very generous
help from MAL too through the livestock department poultry project, with a support of more than 200 layer chicks and
feeds. These are very generous supports. I say generous, because it is not a learning tool for us especially for the
students but it will more specifically help us improve our economic capacity and sustainability in the school/Centre,”
Principal Sr. Rollo stressed.
Speaking on behalf of the Extension Department Director (Supervising), Director Planning of MAL, Peter Rarahabura said,
“the reason why we are here today is not only to donate the support but to have a look at where are our potential areas
in terms of providing food security in terms of future agriculture development.
“For so long MAL provide/ support individual farmers with tools but when we give that way it has no big impact as we
have noticed over the years.
“So now MAL try to look at supporting organizations, farmer groups and institutions that can come together, and where
MAL can work together with them to boost agriculture development, be it on livestock or crops,” Mr. Rarahabura
He further said the Planning department, Land Use officers were also part of the team to look at the type of land system
that we have with potential partners like San Isidro.
“This type of group (special needs) of people is a marginalize group that we sometimes do not assist them over the years
and so today it paves way for us to work collaboratively.”
Meanwhile, Principal Sr. Rollo said San Isidro Care Centre depend too much on land for food for students and for their
learning experience on how to make use of land resource.
“As a training Centre, it’s a big learning process for us to make use of our land.
“SICC is a training Centre for our young people especially with hearing and speaking disability (Special Needs) and we
are very much dependent on the land, and our agriculture activities is a learning process but also as a way of living
here providing food for students,” she said.
At the same time, Chief Field officer of MAL, Lily Wame thanked SICC for accepting the assistance and she said the
assistance is part of the ongoing support programme of the ministry under Livelihood and is also part of the Government
Livelihood Sector initiative under Covid-19 Strategy for the Agriculture Sector to ensure farming groups and education
institutions establish and expand their food gardens with early maturing vegetable seeds and basic farming tools to
increase food production capability and also subsidize food cost as aligned to the national government food security
programme to counter the impacts of Covid-19.
British High Commission office in Honiara early this year donated the seeds and tools to MAL and the ministry (MAL) as
the implementer distribute the items under its Livelihood Sector – Food Security Programme in response to the impact of
Covid-19 to the farming community.
The Centre educates disabled young people from the ages of 14 and over, over a period of three years. Courses offered
are English, Maths, Business, Sign Language, Agriculture, Life Skills, Carpentry, Woodwork, and Practical Trade and
The centre's mission is to advocate for basic human rights for people with disabilities, the right to education and an
opportunity to build their skills and self-esteem to enable a life of dignity and wellbeing.
The Centre registered 45 students this year alone and they came from various provinces across the country which include
Temotu, Malaita, Makira, Western, Isabel and Guadalcanal province.