13 Aug PNG rice project ‘a success’
The Amadi-Baga rice pilot project in the Central Province has advanced to becoming a commercial farm.
This comes after the Amadi-Baga Incorporated Landowner Group (ILG) this week gave 20 hectares of their land to Trukai Industries to further develop a rice farm.
This follows from eight months of hard work in piloting the rice project, from land preparation right up to harvesting last month.
Trukai Industries chief executive officer Greg Worthington-Eyre said not only had Amadi-Baga produced the best yield in any pilot project so far in PNG, it also produced the best rice quality Trukai had seen.
Worthington-Eyre also presented a cheque of K10, 498 to the Amadi-Baga ILG.
“The Amadi rice is a great product which doubles what is being produced in South East Asia,” said Worthington-Eyre.
He said that the 19 tonnes harvested from Amadi-Baga would be shipped to Lae for production, saying that the harvested produce would be blended into the Roots Rice brand, making it the first crop produced by a PNG grower to get into Trukai packaging.
“It’s about wealth creation in the rural sector and so we look forward to expanding into the future,” said Worthington-Eyre.
Source: PNG Loop – http://www.looppng.com/content/png-rice-project-%E2%80%98-success%E2%80%99
Author: Troy Taule