Mombi Tasked To Probe K22m

The funds were allocated as PIP funding for seven districts and two provinces under the leadership of suspended secretary Daniel Kombuk.

Interestingly, the K22.7m was spent in a space of two days in May, mostly to individuals, organisations and companies mostly in Jiwaka and Eastern Highlands provinces.

The media cracked the shell for the “rot to be exposed” in DAL which provided the leeway for the good to happen and country to benefit going forward.

Partnership among agencies will transform agriculture sector

This is in the case of initiatives being undertaken to develop idle and unused State land for agriculture development purposes.

The partnership between the Department of Agriculture and Livestock and the Cocoa Board, supported by key agencies such as the Department of Lands and Physical Planning and other stakeholders in utilizing undeveloped land in Kokopo, East New Britain Province, for cocoa development is one good example.

UOG partners with DAL for agri-business program

The 365ha land at Menifo, about 20 minutes’ drive from Goroka, is expected to be developed to become a fully-fledged Agri-Business Training Facility for Small Medium Enterprises as well as promote and conduct research, innovations, farming enterprises and training purposes.

A Memorandum of Understanding is in place between DAL and UOG since 2012.

On March 15, 2017, Acting Secretary of Lands & Physical Planning, Terry Wanga gave the approval for the Reservation Right to be relinquished to UOG from DAL based on the MoU.

Coffee production may be affected by 30 percent

In a response to Loop PNG GCCI President, Sarah Shelley, says this is the general consensus of the organisation.

Shelley expressed concern with the recent find of the CBB  and the devastating effect it would have on farmers.

“We are very concerned with this recent find of coffee berry borer, Papua New Guinea was listed as one of two countries (Nepal being the other) in the world to be CBB free, its unfortunate we are now ruled out. 

CIC sets strategy for management of Coffee Berry Borer

CIC Chief Executive Office, Charlie Dambui, told Loop PNG  the incursion of the pest put the CIC’s plans on the backfoot and which now required a new plan to 

The incursion of the pest to throw plans of the Coffee Industry Corporation on the backfoot, as they now have to re-strategise on how to manage it.

This comes after the CIC introduced the ‘Tree to Cup’ program which aims to link small farmers to the markets by improving and maintaining the volume, consistency and quality of coffee.