BY FRANKIY KAPIN
The Pangu party will create a coffee ministry if it forms government after the 2017 national election.
Pangu party leader and Bulolo MP Sam Basil announced on this on Wednesday in the Kabwum district, Morobe province.
The deputy opposition leader was in the district to endorse the nomination of Haring Qoureka,the Pangu party candidate contesting the Kabwum seat left vacant by Bob Dadae who is now the tenth Governor General of Papua New Guinea.
Mr. Basil said apart from the existing agriculture ministry in the national government there will also be the creation of the coffee portfolio.
He said the current government has allocated K700 000 to agriculture but a Pangu-led government will see the creation of a coffee ministry allocated K1 billion.
He said from a total of K2 billion budgeted annually for agriculture, K1 billion will go to the coffee ministry.
Basil said for the past nine years serving in the government and opposition he has been able to deliver services as expected and now the manifestation of his leadership in the Bulolo district serves as the basis for endorsing ten candidates to contest the ten seats in the Morobe province.
Competition is by far the greatest phenomenon that has happened to mankind!
Decades and decades of Rice Monopoly is about to go up in smoke when the Government puts in-place plans for Naima to grow rice in Papua New Guinea. What does Trukai do in this instance? Do they fight the Government? Do they cry wolf? They do what is the most logical thing to do and what the Government hoped they do.
Trukai now has expand their plans! They go into a 500-hectare rice plantation and want to invest more locally!
This the beauty of competition…..at the end of the day, you see investment coming into Agriculture sector and into Papua New Guinea. We need more local invest, more local employment and more of food security.
Well done Trukai!
BY: Loop Business —14:07, February 22, 2017
This week Trukai Industries Limited is purchasing agricultural equipment for the establishment of the largest rice crop in PNG’s recent history.
With the cooperation of the Chingwam Rice Growers Cooperative, Trukai will be establishing a 500-hectare rice plantation near Rangiampum initially for a rain fed crop to be established in 2017.
This is in addition to the existing 80-hectare site already producing rice for the cooperative, under the management of Trukai’s rice development team.
This site will be progressively expanded possibly up to 1,500-2,000 hectares over a number of seasons, although this will be subject to relevant agreements and climatic and soil evaluations.
This exciting step forward in domestic rice production comes ahead of further developments Trukai management are hoping to discuss with government, following submissions for large scale irrigated rice growing in a number of areas across PNG.
Proposals have been submitted to the Departments of Agriculture and Livestock, and the Department of Trade, Commerce and Investment, although responses from government have yet to be forthcoming.
Trukai Industries Limited’s CEO, Greg Worthington-Eyre said in a statement, “Trukai stands ready to assist the government of PNG in its domestic rice development, and this project with the Chingwam Cooperative is a major step forward in laying the groundwork for other projects.
Whilst we wait for the government to respond to our proposals, we are simply getting on with it, and are very excited about building a strong local rice industry.”
Worthington-Eyre went on to add, “The establishment of the large scale site at Rangiampum will be supplemented with a further 100-hectare site closer to our Erap facility, where our rice seed generation plantation is being redeveloped.”
In April and May this year, Trukai will be installing a hulling mill in Lae to facilitate the processing of locally grown rice, and this represents a significant investment and commitment for Trukai.
The first rice to be processed at this mill will be the rice from the Chingwam Cooperative.
Worthington-Eyre concluded, “The rice growing at Rangiampum is expected to be harvested in April this year, and will be transported to Lae for milling and blending.
“Our rice, PNG’s favourite brand since 1970 (before federation) will contain rice grown in PNG.
“This is great news as not only will we be including locally grown rice in our products, food security gets a major boost as well and, more importantly, this puts money into the rural sector for use of land that would normally remain idle.”
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!
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