Coffee farmers in the Kerema district will soon have a subsidised air service to transport their coffee out to the market.
Kerema Open MP, Richard Mendani, presented a cheque of K206,000 to air services company, Airborne Logistics, for subsidy services for coffee farmers in the District.
Airborne Logistics, who are well-versed in servicing the rural, inaccessible districts of the Central and Gulf provinces, also promotes agriculture by helping rural farmers stimulate their local economies.
Apart from agriculture, Airborne Logistics supports passenger, cargo and medivac services in the area.
Kerema – one of two districts, and the capital of the Gulf Province; borders Central Province in the East and Morobe Province in the North.
The Kerema district is a riparian region where many rivers from the southern slopes of the highlands drain into. The Trans Highway is the only main road connecting the district to the Nation’s Capital, and is still partially incomplete.
The main transportation modes are walking and canoeing. The districts partnership with service provider – Airborne Logistics, will see coffee farmers having access to buyers in the nation’s capital.
Due to the country’s poor infrastructural system, many believe that a lot of rural districts are starved of development, making them unable to participate in the economy, thus crippling them of the economic opportunity to empower themselves.
Mendani spoke of agricultural opportunities for Kerema starting with the subsidised air service.