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Trawler visit is first step to buying island boats, says Rob

St Helena could build up its own fleet of off-shore trawlers if exploratory fishing off the island’s sea mounts is successful, according to enterprise chief Rob Midwinter. He said investors would demand proof that there were enough fish to catch … Continue reading

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Reap as you sow: why more money is needed for farming

New investment is needed for farming on St Helena after decades of under-funding, says the Growing Forward paper on island farming. It says people have been discouraged from getting involved in agriculture because of a poor business environment – made … Continue reading

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Food is the key to island life – and tackling its health crisis

A new body to promote food and healthy eating on St Helena is proposed in the island’s draft agriculture policy – even though it says food is already at the heart of island life. And it says the new organisation … Continue reading

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Small-scale growers ‘have a role’ as farming goes pro

Farming on St Helena needs to get bigger, better and more business-like, says the island’s draft agricultural policy. But the document also recognises the role of small-scale producers – and their place in island life.  “Agricultural enterprise on a commercial … Continue reading

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Extra £1.4 million is proposed to boost health and schooling

Nearly one and a half million pounds of extra funding will pumped into St Helena to improve health care and education, if UK ministers accept proposals from the 2013 aid mission to the island. That is on top of £12 million … Continue reading

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Which comes first: the airline, or the eco resort?

Enterprise St Helena is locked in a “chicken and egg” stand-off with Shelco over its planned Wirebird Hill resort, according to Britain’s Financial Times newspaper. Writer Horatio Clare says that St Helena – “perhaps the strangest of tropical islands” – may … Continue reading

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Price rumours ‘wrong’, says Owen, as inflation tumbles

Inflation in St Helena’s shops has fallen to its lowest level for at least five years, according to the island’s chief economist. Owen James’s latest bulletin has scotched reports of “extremely rapid” price rises – and a “myth” that figures have been manipulated. But the … Continue reading

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Don’t destroy what makes St Helena special, warns director

Attitudes to protecting St Helena’s environment must change if the island is to prosper, according to Rob Midwinter, director of Enterprise St Helena. His comment, at the launch of the island’s new National Environmental Management Plan, followed decades of neglect … Continue reading

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Economy chief responds to concern over Solomon’s role

Disquiet has been expressed over the fact that St Helena’s economic supremo has a place on the board of the island’s biggest company. Julian Morris is head of the Enterprise St Helena development agency, which has the job of building a private enterprise … Continue reading

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