Fresh Produce Development Agency (FPDA)

Kosipe notes progress in potato project

Early this month Goilala MP William Samb visited his people with tools, which were bought with funding under the District’s Services Improvement Program, to assist them.

The K43,000 worth of agriculture tools were flown into Kosipe Village and distributed among the four main clans.

Two-hundred-and-twenty-two Tramontina knives, 220 spades, 68 hoe heads and 117 axe heads were shared.

They were to help with the English potato project; an initiative of Samb, with knowledge and skills support from the Fresh Produce Development Agency.

Milestone for fresh produce agency

The signing of K82 million (US$25.5m) loan from the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) on Thursday, August 23, was a significant achievement.

The fund, obtained through the Agriculture Department, will be implemented by FPDA to address market chain to improve and enhance rural farmers and aggregates to access market in a modernised environment.

In thanking IFAD for their assistance, the Deputy Prime Minister said the funding will create great opportunities and initiatives in the agriculture sector, which has always been the country’s backbone.

Govt intervention needed to help farmers: Agency

Fresh Produce Development Agency (FPDA) supply chain manager, Noel Kuman, said farmers are facing challenges in bringing their produce to the markets because of poor infrastructure and other basic amenities. 

Kuman stated that farmers in the country can and will always supply quality produce if the government puts more focus in fixing and maintaining infrastructure like roads and other basic services.

Kuman further reiterated that the biggest impediment for the farmers as well was the high cost of freight imposed by the government.

FPDA expands to Alotau district

District Administrator Lindsay Alesana made these remarks at the Naura Model Farm, outside Alotau town, on Wednesday.

During the launching of three model farms initiated by Fresh Produce Development Agency (FPDA) in Alotau, Alesana announced that Alotau district will sign a memorandum of understanding with FPDA so they can work in partnership to assist local farmers in the food and horticulture industry.

He said the district wants to capture the work of FPDA in its Five-Year Development Plan, so as partners they can roll it out to the rural farmers.