14 Jan TRUKAI ON TARGET TO DELIVER PNG’S LARGEST RAINFED CROP IN THE MARKHAM VALLEY
Trukai Industries Ltd, PNG’s largest manufacturer and supplier of rice has made a steady progress since 2015 to deliver PNG largest rainfed crop.
The company announced in August 2017 that it was working with a local land group in the Markham valley to grow 500+ hectares of rainfed rice.
Trukai Industries Ltd, Rice Development Manager Humphrey Saese, said the company has made significant progress and is in the process of establishing a long term lease of land for the expansion. Additional opportunities for the establishment of irrigated production are also being assessed.
He said whilst this is being progressed, over 200 hectares of rainfed rice crop is currently planted which will be ready for harvesting in early May this year.
He said considering the challenges and the unpredictability of weather patterns in the valley and landownership issues, this is quite impressive.
He said more rice farming equipment and infrastructures are being invested into.
Mr Saese explained that the site at Umi will have collection point with grain storage, loading equipment and staff compound to service the current cropping as well as future growth and expansion of the industry.
Trukai Industries Ltd CEO, Greg Worthington- Eyre said: “We have made significant progress to date and definitely on target to deliver PNG’s largest rice crop in history”.
The company will in the next five years or so bring into production of 2000 hectares of rice which is equivalent to 8,000 tons of paddy grain to be stored and later transferred to Lae factory for processing.
The company has put significant financial resources, technical and board support to ensure this project is successfully delivered.
Again the company has received overwhelming positive responses from the communities and landowners who are keen to partner in growing rice.
Apart from this, Trukai Industries is viewing expansion into high rainfall areas in the Houn Gulf electorates, especially around, Nadzab, Munum and Situm areas with pilot plots already being developed to test the suitability of rice farming.