Creating More Jobs: Hela Agriculture Centre

The Hela Provincial Government has set its sights on developing the agricultural sector to complement the LNG projects.

It has partnered with the Israeli company, Innovative Agricultural Industries, to build an agriculture center in Koroba.


The farm will supply the LNG market with fresh food products.


Investment in the renewable sectors like agriculture is a priority for the Hela Provincial government.


It has acquired a 20 hectare land area in the Koroba valley to establish the Hela Agriculture Centre.


The Center is funded by the provincial government at a cost of K20 million.


Expertise was sought from the Innovative Agricultural Industries – an Israeli based company to develop the project.


Koroba Kopiago MP, Philip Undialu, visited the project site to see the progress of the project.


He was impressed with the outcome of the project.


Water will be pumped from the valley into this tank to supply into the nurseries to grow fresh produce.


The chicken farm will produce 10, 000 eggs a day.


All this will be supplied to the LNG project and also to the locals to supplement their diets.


Undialu says, the LNG project has not created enough job opportunities for the local people and it is important now to create jobs through the agriculture sector.


So far 40 locals are employed by the Innovative Agricultural Industries (IAI).


IAI has also supplied seedlings and educated the locals in the area with innovative agricultural methods.


The project is expected to be completed next year.

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