China Agri Projects To Add Millions To Economy, Says Lin
China-aided Juncao Technology and Dry-Land Rice Technical project to PNG is now set to produce 1 million cultivation and 300 tonnes of fresh mushrooms with a total output value of K3 million. And the Juncao livestock aims to raise 20,000 sheep, goats, pigs, cattle and plant 100 hectares of Juncao grass as feed with a total output value of K10 million.
This will create 10,000 job opportunities and major beneficiaries will be women, youth and vulnerable groups. This is a project already in operation in Eastern Highlands and slowly expanding to other provinces, a project fully backed up by the Chinese government and focusing on agriculture and livestock.
Juncao Agriculture and Juncao Technology executive chairman and owner Lin Zhanxi, said in Eastern Highlands where they have been operating the research centre for many years have technology production, technical training and promotion which were carried out through “four combinations” and “five integration”.
The four combinations, are strictly according to the local natural conditions, cooperate closely with the local government, work hand in hand and heart to heart with the local people, strictly adapt and adhere to the local needs.
The five integration include simplification of the technical operations, standardisation of the production processes, organisation in technical and production groups of the peasant households, localisation of the technology and the systematisation of the Juncao industry.
“The Juncao mushroom production were promoted and spread from the Lufa area to Goroka, Bena, Asaro, Henganofi, Kainantu and other areas in Eastern Highlands Province.
Many farmers developed production from scratch and got rid of poverty, and achieved remarkable proceeds.
“Thus, the implementation of the project received extensive warm welcome from the local people, and came into attention of the PNG government who organised promotional activities at the Juncao demonstration bases in mass rally style, whereas many as more than 5000 local people attended. And they were singing, dancing in their festival clothes or traditional costumes like celebrating a festival, applause and cheers echoed through the roller while PNG and Chinese national flags were flying high,” he said.
On November 13, 2018, on the eve of his visit to PNG, President Xi Jinping published a signed article in the mainstream media of PNG, mentioning the Juncao and Dry-land rice projects.
He personally signed and is always concerned about this very much. And saying that: “I am glad to know that this project has continued to operate until now and has brought good economic and social benefits.
“It has become a good story in the development of China-Papua New Guinea relations.” The technical assistance period is three years from 2019-2021, and there’s eight different functions including adaptability research, breeding, production, demonstration, processing, training and education, extension and marketing.
An expected outcome of the project includes training 1350 technicians and farmers on Juncao technology and/or dry-land rice technique.