PNG to showcase agriculture at APEC

THE APEC Leaders’ Summit in November and related meetings of officials represented an opportunity for Papua New Guinea to showcase the agricultural sector for further investment in it.
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A Department of Agriculture team led by Dr Vele Pat Ila’ava (third from right) Vegofi Geani (middle) and Turai Elemi admire young piglets at Deugolo farm

Staff Reporter

This was said by Agriculture Department secretary Dr Vele Pat Ila'ava during a field visit to an agriculture project in the Rigo District of Central Province.
 
He said it would be a chance for developers to look at investing in livestock, vegetable farming, aquaculture, coffee, cocoa, rubber, spices, oil palm and other products.
 
"The dey priorities for APEC 2018 are inclusive and sustainable resource development focusing on resource sectors, including forestry, agriculture, fisheries, mining and other extractive industries and tourism, and promoting micro, small, medium enterprises in the value chain.
 
"We should be ready and prepared to welcome all prospective investors," Ila'ava said.
 
Ila'ava and colleagues from the Agriculture Department visited the Deugolo piggery and vegetable farm, along the Magi highway about 45km east of Port Moresby.
 
Deugolo is owned by businessman and lawyer Turai Elemi, who has plans to expand into other farming ventures, including inland fish farming.
 
Apart from Deugolo, the Agriculture Department was also in discussions with cocoa and coffee organisations about site visits to their operations for delegates to APEC.
 
Ila'ava's touring team included Livestock Development Corporation's general manager, Vegofi Geani, and the Agriculture Department's director for the Southern Region Leka Mou.
 
Elemi said he was delighted by the high-profile Agriculture Department team and assured them that he would work closely in preparing his site for the official visits. He told the team that through his project he had created employment opportunities for the local community and supported many people and groups.
 
For more information, contact the Department of Agriculture and Livestock, public relations and media office, phone 3007829 mobile 76273104 or email sburuka@gmail.com
 

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