By: Andrew Arthur
The Agriculture Sector is about to get a Major Shakeup!
As the campaigning of forming the next Government heats up. Each Political party would want to be seen as the Government for the people and wants to connect to the people. Major policy pushed would be a returned to the Agriculture Sector …
First to fire their Policy is Pangu Party with a funding of K2billion promised for Agriculture! K1 billion to be spent on Coffee and Cocoa as they believe would earn more. The other K1 billion is to be spread across other agriculture sectors.
The reality is…according to FAO, coffee is listed number 22 of the most important and high earning crop and cocoa is not listed in the top 52 at all!
Pangu would be guilty of making the same mistake they did in the early 1980’s………..
What this country needs is to invest into the right product…..look at the list attached, pick the Top 30 and invest into that according to priority.
Food Security is what is Needed the Most! Invest into Food Security as oppose to investing into Coffee and Cocoa!
2. Cattle Farming
3. Poultry Farming
5. Tomatoes, beans, onions etc…
This is where the people in Papua New Guinea want us to invest in….this is what put food on the table
Invest in Food Security!
Pangu Pati will invest into AGRICULTURE when in Government.
Today PNG’s Economy depends on 80% Non-renewal resources & 20% Agriculture export earnings, it was the other way around when we took independence in 1975.
Pangu Pati plans to invest at least K2b into agriculture with a billion directory into Coffee & Cocoa expansion and extension programs.
Coffee to become MINISTRY of COFFEE while cocoa to be the same as both are currently earning K500m into our economy from export earnings.
The investment into the two leading cash crops will see a 15 to 20 years timeline to increase production to earn over K2b plus into our economy.
Expansion and extension programs will see an annual investment K200m each into coffee and cocoa programs.
Agricuiture Ministry will be the leading ministry once again under Pangu Pati with coffee and cocoa to independently branch out into ministries of their own.
The rural population and business groups will participate more into agricuiture to feed PNG the world.
Agricuiture is sustainable and safe investment that PNG must quickly invest into to reduce our reliance on non-renewals.
The National Pg 7 07/02/17