By Stanley Ove Jnr – EM TV, Port Moresby
Clone cocoa is the new trend of cocoa farming in Yangoru, East Sepik Province.
Aimed at reducing the spread of the cocoa-pod-borer disease, these hybrid cocoas are set to revive the cocoa market in East Sepik.
In the last three years, the Yangoru-Saussia Cocoa Development Project has been working on this project to battle the cocoa disease.
Chairman of the project, Isaiah Sanduma, said the project was initiated after small scale farmers in the district were affected by pod-borer.
Sanduma said cocoa and agriculture in general was the only way unemployed people in Yangoru can earn an income, and this project will support farmers and the people of Yangoru-Saussia.
The nursery breeding the clone-cocoas was officially opened last Friday by Opposition Leaders, Don Polye and Sam Basil.