16 Aug TRUKAI LAUNCHES 100 PERCENT HOMEGROWN RICE
Trukai Industries Ltd has reached a significant milestone in its pursuit towards developing a local rice industry for PNG.
The rice company today launched a new product into the market, commencing a new domestic commercial production for Trukai Industries and PNG.
Called “Trukai Hamamas Rice”, the rice is 100 percent home grown in Rangiampum village in Umi, Morobe Province.
Trukai Idustries Ltd, Chief Executive Officer, Greg Worthington-Eyre said the rice is from 275 hectares of rainfed crop at Umi in the Markham Valley.
“The rice was grown and harvested in Umi, milled and packaged at Trukai Industries in Lae, Morobe Province.
Mr Greg Worthington-Eyre described the occasion as a significant milestone for Trukai to see 100 percent home grown rice, grown by Papua New Guineans for Papua New Guineans.
“It took a lot of hard work and commitment by our hardworking staff and the support from the Chingwam Rice Growers Cooperative in Umi in the Markham Valley, we are proud of this achievement.
“Rice is a challenging crop to grow in PNG and it requires a lot of work, technical expertise and investment. Trukai has invested significantly in local rice development over the years and this milestone is a testament of our investment and commitment towards developing a local rice industry for PNG.
Mr. Worthington-Eyre said Trukai’s Hamamas Rice fully complements the company’s vision to grow and process locally grown rice as part of Trukai’s Markham Valley Rice Corridor Plan.
The rice comes in 1kg packs and will be sold in selected outlets in Port Moresby and Lae only for K5.20 a packet from next week onwards.
Mr Worthington-Eyre also added that the new Hamamas rice also coincides with the country’s 43rd Independence celebration to celebrate PNG made and most importantly celebrate being a Papua New Guinean, hence the name Hamamas.
The launch was witnessed by Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Hon Benny Allan, Minister for Commerce and Industry, Hon. Wera Mori, Trukai Industries Ltd Board Chairman, Mark Robertson, the media and staff.