Concept: Oil Palms


Levers Pacific Plantations Pty. Ltd. (q.v.) began experimental plantings of oil palms on the Guadalcanal Plains before the Second World War. The first commercial-scale planting begin in 1964 when the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) imported four thousand Malayan oil palm seeds to plant on their leasehold land on the Guadalcanal Plains. Twenty acres had been planted by mid-1965, and first fruits were expected to be ready for harvest in 1968 or 1969. The trial planting was at Ilu Farm and plantings were also made at Yandina and east of the Balasuna River, all on Guadalcanal. (NS 15 May 1964, 31 June 1965, 15 Apr. 1968)

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  • British Solomon Islands Protectorate (ed.), British Solomon Islands Protectorate News Sheet (NS), 1955-1975. Details