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Bio Security System in the Country Described as Poor and Unreliable

By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby

The standard of bio security system used in the country has been described as poor and unreliable.

Secretary of the PNG Poultry Industry Association, Dr Keith Galgal, says this has been a contributing factor, to the low capacity of exports in poultry products out of the country.

Dr. Keith Galgal says the impending State trip to New Zealand is one of the key agendas, towards bringing expertise to improve PNG’s bio security system. He says PNG has huge potential to become a leader in exporting poultry produce, however, the current standard of bio security is poor. He urged the Government to play its role in building the system’s capacity for this to improve.

Dr. Keith Galgal will be part of the delegates who will visit New Zealand with State officials. He says the impending State trip to New Zealand is one of the key agendas to bring expertise to improve PNG’s bio security system. He is confident that the poultry industry alone can be a game changer in contributing tonnes of poultry produce to the world market. He says the Poultry Association wants the Government to invite a Primary Poultry Breeder to be established in the country.

National Planning Minister Richard Maru says officials are aiming to adapt a mirror approach from New Zealand if an understanding is reached during the discussions. He says the Government hopes to seek help from New Zealand and help dig deep into the potentials of poultry products.

The Poultry Industry currently exports under 10% of produce. This is about 0.5 % revenue collected annually.

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