EHAS a mouthpiece for farmers

President Solepa remarked that the role of EHAS is to promote local farmers in their projects.

“Currently, the EHAS is just a mouthpiece for these hardworking members. But for livestock, we are planning on assisting our small farmers in documenting their projects so they can access financial assistance from their local MPs, donor agencies or the private sector,” said President Solepa.

ENB call for support of agro programs

East New Britain provincial administrator, Levi Mano made these remarks during the opening of the Division of Agriculture and Livestock industry annual conference at the Malapau Beach resort on Monday.

Mr Mano stated that agricultural programs must be effectively supported for people to progress the agriculture sector's objectives.

“We must change the way we conduct ourselves as an administration. To reduce the burden of executing our plans, we must collaborate and include private service providers,” he said.

Morobe’s champion bull

He believes we have the potential, as he himself has 10 cattle heads that were bred through artificial insemination on his Muamu Farm in the Huon Gulf district of Morobe Province.

Vanchum is a regular at the Morobe Show.

He won the ‘champion bull’ award last year, and managed to defend his title this year through his four-and-a-half-year-old Brahman bull, Bamsy.

“Wok blo mi, taim mi stap lo ples, em mi wok lo intrest olgeta lo bulmakau, lo lukautim,” he stated. (I am passionate about cattle farming.)

LDC explores local partnership for livestock advancement

The discussions centre around extending support to livestock farmers by providing them with high-quality cattle and pig progenies, along with surplus supplementary feed sourced from Mr Kennedy's flourishing rice mills.

Following two successful shipments of cattle from Morobe province, which were earmarked for breeding and replenishing cattle stocks, the Livestock Development Corporation (LDC) has set its sights on replicating this achievement with other livestock categories, notably piggery.

Meat increase

They aim to decrease the importing of livestock from other countries and focus on breeding our own livestock and distributing. 

Now, Central Province is expected to see an increase in beef production, now that cattle numbers have been doubled.

The increase in meat production will be in no doubt for Central Province as the second shipment of cattle arrived in Keapara village in Central Province yesterday.

LDC Managing Director, Terry Koim, said this cattle program is in line with LDC’s objective of increasing beef stock in the country and reclaiming all LDC assets.

Second shipment of cattle arrives

According to Managing Director for Livestock Development Corporation Ltd, Terry Koim, the cattle have been travelling on the ship for five days. 

"The second shipment was able to make it past the Milne Bay waters and to arrive in Central Province this afternoon. We loaded 164 in Lae including the ones from Sialum and on the way to Port Moresby one of the cows gave birth so we currently have 165 cattle,” stated Koim. 

Sumgilbar Cooperative embarks on poultry

Former district administrator for Madang Province, Jimmy Sekum is the man behind the establishment of the Sumgilbar Cooperative Society.

The government recently banned importing of chicken into Papua New Guinea, hoping to create a lucrative industry for farmers nationwide. Many provinces, have since then, taken the initiative to embark in poultry, with some locally packaged chicken assortments already in the shops throughout the country.

Livestock rearing needs support

This is according to president of Farmers and Settlers Association Inc., Wilson Thompson, adding that focus had been diverted.

“PNG was all smiles when we had four doors opened into the closed door of Ministry and Department of Agriculture and Livestock. The Marape Government separated Livestock from Agriculture and also broke down Agriculture with separate Coffee and Oil Palm Ministry,” stated Thompson.

Livestock comprises cattle, goats, sheep, piggery, buffalo, ducks, rabbits, poultry and honey bee.