This week on Business PNG, we feature Papua New Guinea’s own Trukai Industries, as they embark on a program to increase rice production in the country.
After 40 years, the leading rice manufacturer is building an army of local rice producers around the Markham Valley in the Morobe province. The fields owned by local farmers and used to be used as paddocks for animal grazing, are to be cultivated to trial 26 highland and lowland rice varieties.
Working in association with the National Agriculture and Resource Institute, Trukai is embarking on the project to train these local farmers to produce quality rice for the nation.
While Papua New Guinea is the largest group of rice consumers in the country, very little is grown here. This is about to change according to CEO for Trukai, Greg Wrothington-Eyre. Ideally Trukai wants to increase local production in a scale where rice can be grown in the country and blended in Lae for local consumption.
Also on this episode, we follow constructions for the ambitious Kookaburra Flyover and road project. Constructed by New Zealand Company, Hawkins Construction, the K160 million project will be the first of its kind upon completion, and will run through three suburbs concluding with a four lane flyover at the entrance gate to Port Moresby, the Jacksons International Airport.