Rice

PM O’Neill dispels talk of increase in price of rice

O’Neill said becoming self-sufficient in rice production is a matter of high national importance.

“We have a desire to grow more rice in our country and we need to work hard at this,” he said after the issue was raised in Parliament today.

“As a country we rely too much on rice imports from Australia and from Asia that is sold in Papua New Guinea.

“We want to have a large scale and commercially viable rice production sector in our country that will meet the demands of our people.

PM O’Neill clarifies rice pricing

Directing his questions during Questions Without Notice this morning in Parliament to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Juffa raised concerns on the monopoly of the market and the benefits farmers will be missing out from the deal.

He said Oro and other provinces have already ventured into planting rice and such decisions might spoil the interest of the farmers.

“Can the Prime Minister confirm if the purported agreement of rice monopoly which will grant 80% of the domestic rice market had been signed or not?

Tomscoll: PNG expecting downturn in rice imports

Tomscoll said in Parliament this week that currently, PNG is importing about 350,000 tons of rice per year, which equates to something close to K600m to K700m.

Tomscoll said rice import this year will fall by just K16m due to drought and other factors affecting the total global production.

Meantime, Trukai Industries Limited chief executive officer, Greg Worthington-Eyre, said they’re not aware of any shortages of rice in rice producing countries that would impact pricing or supply in PNG.

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Teen shot dead for stealing packet of rice

The deceased, Jeffery Manimban from Rai Coast district, was a staff at the Modilon Guest House.

He was shot for allegedly  stealing a packet of 1kg Roots rice belonging to Modilon Martin Tsang Supermarket (MST) and was chased by guards  and shot on the forehead.

According to Binnen community leader and owner of Modilon Guest House, David Wama, the incident happened on Saturday around 12 pm when the deceased with three other youths allegedly stole a 1kg packet of rice belonging to the MST supermarket outside the warehouse area.

Trukai trials rice planting at Kapore in WNB

The six trial projects belonging to the farmers namely; Willie Wohwiehembe, Tiawa Kolonga, Leo Pea, Paul Siune, Annette Raphael and Boniface Narakau have been planted with a number of different variety rice seeds. Rice shoots are evident at this time on the project sites prompting the Technical Officer to conduct agronomic checks on parameters around; yields, pest and diseases tolerance, milling and cooking quality. 

Wingwafi said checks are done using checklists developed by NARI scientists.

New rice milling technology for village farmers

And this is particularly true for village based rice production.

Milling is the removal of rice husk, which is the outermost layer of the paddy grain.

There are several milling methods and implements which PNG farmers and traders were introduced to, ranging from diesel powered mills to locally crafted tontongs.

There is now an innovative technology for rice milling, also a crafted device - known as "kisa".

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Bread and rice could be making Pacific children overweight.

The study, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, is based on a survey of more than one thousand children born in the year 2000 and their eating habits at ages four and six.

It says despite evidence that about half of the childrens' food intake was energy-dense food like cereals and bread, it couldn't prove a link to obesity.

Research officer, Fa'asisila Savila, says it is the type of bread the children are eating that is the problem.