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K10M To Give Agriculture A Boost

by PNG Business News - March 16, 2021

In the Southern Highlands Province, K10 million has been set aside for agriculture growth. 

Agriculture is the backbone of any economy, according to Southern Highlands agriculture advisor Kenneth Kuimp, so growing it in the province is a step in the right direction. He said that the province is embracing change and that agriculture is the driving force behind growth.

“We are pleased to receive a K10 million funding from the provincial government to develop agriculture in the province,” he said. “Currently with the support of Fresh Produce Development Agency and Innovative Agro Industry, a chips factory has been established and this will help push the provincial authority to roll-out agricultural programs and interventions.”

The province is currently implementing the potato seedlings initiative, according to Kuimp, which is in line with other projects in the works.

“We are looking at rolling out other projects like coffee, potatoes and inland fisheries, fresh fruits and vegetables and other agriculture projects,” he said. 

The province's agriculture sector has been ignored for a long time, but Governor William Powi and provincial administrator Joseph Cajetan have recognized agriculture as a catalyst for change and have committed K10 million in funding from the Southern Highlands provincial government budget. The agriculture program, according to Kuimp, will be implemented in the five districts of Mendi Munihu, Imbonggu, Ialibu-Pangia, Kagua-Erave and Nipa-Kutubu.

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