PNG-China Agri Project On Hold
Land issues have forced work for the K2 billion PNG-China Integrated Agriculture Park Project in Korofeigu, outside Goroka town to stop.
Eastern Highlands Governor Peter Numu explained that negotiations led to the idea that the land would be given to the Chinese company.
It is understood that the Department of Agriculture and Livestock was not properly informed on the process and disagreed placed on a misunderstanding that the land had been sold to the Chinese company, believed to be China Railway International.
“All the process of negotiations was done and signings were done with China Railway International and the Department of Agriculture and were witnessed by former Prime Minister Peter O’Neill,” Mr Numu said.
“From what I know, the process was stopped by the Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL) because the land was said to be given to the Chinese.
“So it is all because of land issues and the projects have been affected because the land was supposed to be transferred to the Chinese company.
Mr Numu said as Governor of the province, he also did not like the idea of the land being sold to the Chinese company.
“The Minister for Agriculture and Livestock said for the land to be given to the Chinese company but as the Governor I did not want that to be the case,” he said.
“Some corporations within DAL also did not want the land to be given to the Chinese company as well so there were a lot of disagreements on land.
I think the Korofeigu issue has to be decided by Waigani now because for us in the province we’ve talked already and we do not want to sell our land.”