A Twenty-hectare plot of land in Erap has been allocated by the Division of Agriculture and Livestock to address Covid-19 food security through partnerships with other stakeholders.
The project is in response to a call by the provincial emergency centre supported by the Australian High Commission Consulate, Lae Chamber of Commerce and Lae City Authority to provide planting materials to farmers in the province.
DAL acting regional director Ario Movis said the farmers will benet from getting clean planting material and seeds from this project. “They will then grow food to feed the markets in and around the city. These farmers include both the rural and the urban farmers,” Mr Movis said. The project was launched on Wednesday with the DAL, National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), PNG Women in Agriculture (PNGWiADF), Fresh Produce, Taiwan Technical Mission and Trukai Industries to undertake the project. PNG WiADF project ocer Albertha Linibi said Covid-19 has not only aected the heath system but various sectors and threatens the food security. “Food security has become a concern during this pandemic Covid-19 and this project will assist the farmers to producing the foods for food security,” Ms Linibi said. She said the project concentrates on seed distribution and multiplying the seeds with foods gardens which can then be harvested and sold. “Many people have already been laid o and with this we are encouraging our farmers to produce garden foods through partnerships and supplying the markets,” Ms Linibi said. Trukai Industries will be providing mechanisms to getting the land ready for the project and has commenced work after the ground breaking ceremony.