Supply of fresh cream easing some market demand
Amid the dull and gloom of the COVID-19 pandemic, market response has been upbeat for the local production and provision of quality fresh cream from the Ilimo Dairy Farm, just outside Port Moresby.
This week it introduced a smaller 250 millilitres of the product to market and has plans to also introduce other products in the not-too-distant future. This is amid rising focus on food security and agriculture in PNG.
But until fairly recently, Ilimo had no immediate plans for ‘fresh cream’ but following the ‘call-out’ from business houses for the supply of quality fresh cream they brought plans forward and started producing for the Port Moresby. On April 9 Ilimo provided is first limited supply of fresh cream to major institutional clients.
Ilimo dairy has a little shy over one thousand cows at its farm in Central province after having acquired the initial 500 cows from New Zealand.
These were revealed by Gallit Tamir, Business Development Manager with Innovative Agro Industries, who partnered with the Central Provincial Government and other stakeholders to develop the project.
“With our cows providing excellent quality milk, we are able to produce excellent quality fresh cream,” she said.
She said the product is awesome and received excellent reviews from chefs around town.
IAI Ltd vision for PNG is aimed at sustainable and profitable projects that improve the standard of living by creating employment, access to electricity, housing and improved infrastructure including water and sewerage systems.
“Agriculture is the way forward to go...you want to create and provide employment, it is through agriculture,” Managing Director Mr Ilan Weiss said.
Like other businesses in the country, the Covid-19 restrictions have had a major impact on business as usual affecting timelines, local farmers and production amid other challenges.