Chairman encourages public to attend auction
The Chairman of the Development Committee of Shefa Province, Billy Bakokoto, has encouraged the public of Port Vila and Efate to make it a must to attend the September 29 historic auction of young cattle from Epi.
He said while this is the first time ever for a Province to sell cattle by auction, other Provincial Councils should take note of the initiative because this is the only way for small farmers to earn good money for their cattle.
Bakokoto said a young head with a traditional price tag of Vt5, 000 in rural Sanma Province has the chance of being purchased for Vt20-30,000 vatu at auction.
He agreed that while it is a traditional practice for expatriate farmers to successfully sell their cattle by auction, he said it is history in the making for Shefa Province.
“The advantage for our small farmers from the Provinces is that they are going to make good money from a few heads of cattle and who knows, this may lead to more auctions,” Bakokoto said.
The planned auction is expected to involve 40-50 young cattle from small farmers in Epi.
Thanks to investor Robert Monvoisin for transporting the cattle to Port Vila.