Richard Maru

Yangoru-Saussia to launch agro company

Called the Ninere Agro Industries Limited, the company will purchase cocoa and vanilla directly from growers and export directly to overseas markets.

The establishment of the company is one of nine key resolutions passed by the Yangoru-Saussia District Development Authority (YSDDA) on April 28th.

Yangoru-Saussia MP Richard Maru, says the “Ninere Agro Industries Limited” or NAIL will buy cocoa and vanilla from all District farmers, cutting off middlemen foreign companies, and transferring the saved margin to farmers.

Loan scheme for chicken farmers

Under the scheme stallholders chicken farmers can borrow from the bank to start their own chicken sheds.

Yangoru-Saussia MP, Richard Maru, recently met with Pipols Micronbank CEO, Anthony Dela Cruz, to inalise details with the Bank and the District.

Under the scheme, the farmer will be required to provide 30 percent equity whether building a small shed for 200 chickens or large shed for 4,000 or more chickens.

The Bank will provide 70 percent of the funding required for the shed which is guaranteed by YSDDA. The cheapest shed will be within K10,000.

Maru hosts meeting for large scale investments

Maru said some potential projects discussed will involve investments of over K100 million.

Yangoru-Saussia MOP Richard Maru said one proposed project worth over K100 million will be transformational in terms of scale, technology, permanent employment opportunities, large business spin- off opportunities and the vast market opportunities of new products they will produce in the District.

The MP said it is not an easy task convincing the right partners that their investment will be safe and they generate acceptable returns for their shareholders.

Historic academic year opening for Yangoru-Saussia

They include Numbo High in Numbo LLG, Wingei High in West Yangoru, and the School of Excellence in Yangoru Station.

The new institutions opened their doors for the first enrolments on Monday 3rd of February.

The opening of the new schools follow determination by Yangoru-Saussia MP, Richard Maru, to ensure children do not travelling long distances to attend high schools, a daily struggle and risk for students.

It also ensures students are not kicked out of the education system due to the lack of spaces in existing high schools.

Yangoru-Saussia notes progress in development

The recent transformation included access to electricity by rural villagers of Kiniambu.

Advancing further on development from the starting up of the Regional Cocoa Nursery in East Yangoru LLG and the Chicken, Grain and Cocoa Innovation Projects in Numbo LLG, hope comes to reality with the completion of the power supply to the area by PNG Power Limited.

On 27th December, Member for Yangoru-Saussia, Richard Maru, officiated at the launch of the electrification program.

K100,000 for medical symposium

Barrick Niugini Limited has joined the National Government to assist the Medical Society of PNG with K100,000 as a Gold Sponsor to host this important event that occurs annually on the academic calendar of the Medical Society.

The symposium will be held in Port Moresby from 1st - 6th September with the theme: “Health Education”. The objective is to address the poor health indicators by transforming the PNG Health workforce training to meet excellent standards and hence, meet PNG vision 2050.

Focus on people’s empowerment

Member for Namatanai, Walter Schnaubelt, handed over the plan that charts a new course of direction for all involved in the development of the district, including all government stakeholders, civil society, churches and private sector partners.

Strengthened PNG-World Bank engagement

The visit yesterday (Aug 5) was part of the Energy and Extractives sector high level mission led by Ranjit Lamech, World Bank Director for Infrastructure in the East Asia Region.

The aim of the visit was to discuss key priorities of the new government in the energy and extractives sector. This is ongoing support to GoPNG for these particular sectors and the expected outcome is strengthened World Bank-GoPNG engagement.

Hand criminals over: MP

The suspects, numbering over 20, should be handed over to Police at Yangoru for their continuous hold ups on the Sepik Highway.

“The entire East Sepik Province and our people in Yangoru are fed up of these rascals who continue to hold up our PMVs and buses at the Marinjan Bridge at Boem nearly every two days. They have targeted the travelling public, especially our vanilla traders, to steal from their hard earned cash after their sales,” he said.

“I have met families who have lost K50,000, some K80,000 in a single hold up, which is totally unacceptable.”

Criminal justice system needs radical overhaul

Minister for National Planning and Chairman of the Consultative Implementation & Monitoring Council (CIMC), Richard Maru, said this during the National Capital District Law & Order Summit recently in Port Moresby.

He urged all stakeholders and participants to come up with recommendations for radical overhaul to deal with what he calls a “very weak criminal justice system”.

Minister Maru said one of the factors is tolerance with people not reporting crime, even when committed in broad daylight and in front of people.