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Agriculture to transform Goilala area

KUMUL Agri Limited, a nationally owned firm is pushing agriculture in a big way in the remote Goilala district of Central province.

It has started working with farmers promoting peanut farming on a commercial scale as opposed to subsistence farming.

Project proponent Graeme Ross who has been heavily involved in the agriculture sector for decades made this known recently saying peanuts from the isolated district have been selling at shelves in Port Moresby, with discussions held with City Pharmacy Limited, who own the Stop N Shop chain of supermarkets in Port Moresby.

Ross said the project is a major breakthrough for local farmers and the supply chain includes 300 local farmers working in partnership with Kumul Agri Limited.

At time of this article, Mr Ross was unreachable to provide an update of the project.

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

“The market is wide open for organic produce 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, also giving a hint on promoting the agro-tourism aspect of the project.

He however highlighted challenges in roads and communication infrastructure and talked about a partnership with local firm 4WheelingPNG to promote the agro-tourism aspect of the project.

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