By Lilian Sopera Keneqa – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Farmers from the Kairuku-Hiri District now have new tools to be more effective in maize production for Ilimo Dairy, with a generous donation from Brian Bell Group Chemicals.
This project is designed to provide feed to the Ilimo Dairy herd while creating cash cropping opportunities for local farmers.
Some villages in the District have been involved with the maize out-grower farming pilot project since last year.
Brian Bell continues to support local farmers with agricultural supplies and is encouraged to see that Innovative Agro Industry (IAI) has changed the landscape of agriculture in PNG and the way one approaches farming.
Ilimo Dairy continues to work with Central Province Women in Agriculture (CPWA) to ensure proper advice is given to the 500 local farmers who currently grow maize for the dairy farm.
IAI Business Development Manager Gallit Tamir said, “We are grateful for partners such as Brian Bell for coming onboard to support the Kairuku-Hiri maize farming community with this generous donation of tools and fertilizers.”
Divisional Manager of Brian Bell Chemicals, David Slape said “Brian Bell is a company that often supports community initiatives. When we were approached with the opportunity to support local farmers to participate in the Ilimo Dairy Maize Farmers program, I knew it was a great program for Brian Bell to support.”
Brian Bell’s National Sales and Marketing Coordinator, John Tokunai congratulated Innovative Agro-Industry, the operator of Ilimo Dairy, for the contributions the business has made to the agriculture industry in PNG, not just in Central Province but also in Enga, Southern Highlands, and Hela Provinces.
He said, “IAI has changed the landscape of agriculture in PNG and the way we approach farming.”