Dealdline for interested companies wishing to go into rice production with Department of Agriculture and Livestock has been extended to August 9, 2013.
The project proposals were to be submitted to DAL by July 25, 2013; however, this has now been extended, DAL announced in a press release today.
The Ministry and DAL took out public notices onthe proposed project to be carrlied out underthe Public Private Partnership.
DAL Acting Secretary Dr Vele Pat Ila’ava saidthe objective ofthe rice production project was to establish commercial production in PNG reduce dependency on rice imports, and ensure food security, better health, and better income for rural rice farmers.
Currently, Papua New Guinearice import is estimated at about 300 millioPNG kina of (rice) grain per year, to meet annual domestic demand of 7.2 million people – according to a public notice issued bythe Ministry and DAL.
The government has now recognisedthe potential for a large scale mechanized irrigated rice production projectousing improverd modern techniques, and wishes to promotethe development of rice production by Public Private Partnership.
This would reducPNG’s dependency on imported rice as well as developingthe local commercial rice industry.
The goal and objective of this project is to revitalize and modernizethe agriculture sector that is; contributing to poverty reduction, increase rural entrepreneurs, shared, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and development on a sustainable basis.
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