Agriculture in aviation to boost productivity, increase exports
The Agriculture in Aviation concept is an exciting concept initiated by the Department of Agriculture and Live Stock (DAL) which they see as a way forward to help the farmers increase productivity and thus, boost agriculture exports through air freight services into the world markets.
Acting Secretary for agriculture and livestock Daniel Kombuk pointed out that this is a new concept DAL is looking forward to make a submission and submit it to the government or national executive council (NEC) for implementation.
Mr Kombuk said this is first of its kind and it will help transform the agricultural sector. He said the time has come and there is much interest and support from the agriculture industries to provide the kind of incentives to support the local farmers and boost production.
“The majority of the population depends on agriculture for their survival and 96 percent land is customary owned so the agriculture in aviation concept is a positive way forward that will put money into the pockets of the farmers and enhance agriculture productivity.”
“Mr Kombuk believed that the concept will work well and be supported by the farmers and it will lead to reduction in urban migration, increased income earnings opportunities and improve the livelihood of the people,” he said.
“I am confident the farmers will be happy to support move because they will be able to transport their fresh produce like coffee, cocoa, spices and other crops to be air freighted directly to overseas markets.”
Mr Kombuk challenged all government agencies stating that it is vital for all relevant government departments to work with DAL to support the concept and make it a reality for the god of our people.
He said the concept works in alignment with the government vision of taking back PNG and making it a rich black nation. It is proposed that the concept will cost K5 million for the feasibility study to be carried out and implemented.
“Many farmers are desperate because of the lack of markets. “And with this initiative they will be inspired to work hard knowing that there is guaranteed market access and income earnings probability is high when there are good markets to boost the industry,” added Mr Kombuk.
Speaking during the presentation former airline financial analyst Jerry Karl pointed out that this kind of initiative needs the support of all stake holders in both the government and private sectors.