A new five-year plan has been launched, to boost the cocoa economic production in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
The plan sets to promote small-scale farmers, with benefits and investments directly in their pockets. High management practice is a vital tool that encourages farmers, to be responsible in the production of cocoa.
The Bougainville Five Year Clonal Cocoa Development Project, 2015 to 2018, is a new framework that will be managed, and implemented by the Lauta Atoi Foundation, in the North Bougainville electorate.
The serious decline of cocoa production, affected by the pod borer disease, prompted Mr Atoi, to initiate the project, aimed at creating a strong and prosperous economy for Bougainvilleans.
Bougainville Vice President Patrick Nisira, said the project complements the implementation of the Bougainville Economic Development Policy. The Autonomous Bougainville Government, will assists to drive the project, under its K8 million, agriculture Special Intervention Funds.
National Agriculture and Livestock Minister Tommy Tomscall, commended Mr Atoi, for initiating such a sustainable project.
For so long, Papua New Guineans have become spectators and for this reason, any traders to set up business in the country, must be qualified for a ten hectare plantation portion of land.
He then launched the plan. Several farmers of the five 130 village nurseries, also expressed their appreciation.
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