Betelnut buyers need PMV stop in Madang

Bulk betelnut buyers from the Highlands who travel to Madang to fetch their supply do not have a proper PMV stop.

These betelnut buyers are now piling their bulk purchases anywhere along the main Modilon road as they wait to catch any Route 100 bus destined for the Highlands.

Those that get their supply at Four-Mile market along Madang-Ramu Highway just pile up their stock near the market and fetch any PMV bus to go and fetch them to travel up to the highlands.

There used to be a designated PMV stop for highlands travellers at LBC near Wagol, however, an ethnic clash towards the end of last year had chased out the betel nut buyers away from there.

Currently betel nut buyers from Jiwaka, Western Highlands and Eastern Highlands pile up their bags of betel nut near Handy Mart service station at Jomba to catch a ride home.

Police had already warned a number of times these people not to pile up their betel nut near Handy Mart, however, the highlanders are still refusing to return to LBC bus stop in fear of being attacked or harrassed by Wagol residents.