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Agriculture to transform Goilala area

Peanuts from isolated and least developed Goilala district in the Central Province have been selling in shelves at City Pharmacy outlets in Port Moresby.

The project is a major breakthrough for local farmers and the supply chain includes 300 local farmers working in partnership with nationally owned firm Kumul Agri Limited.

Project proponent Graeme Ross made this known last week during the two day 35th Australia PNG Business Forum and Trade Expo, held at the Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby.

The firm is raising awareness and teaching farmer’s commercial farming as opposed to subsistence farming so they can supply quality fresh vegetables to the Port Moresby market at a premium.

“The market is wide open for organic and will be a catalyst for development. We are looking at passion fruit, honey, chillies and spices and have invested in technology that gives us an advantage,” Ross said, hinting on promoting the agro-tourism aspect of the project.

He however highlighted challenges in roads and communication infrastructure and hinted possible partnership with local firm 4WheelingPNG.

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