Eastern Highlands Province focus on Agriculture


By Quinton Alomp, EM TV News, Port Moresby

The recent ban on imported agriculture products was applauded by many people but how long the ban will remain, is still unknown.

Eastern Highlands governor, Julie Soso, says the ban will give an opportunity for local farmers to increase productivity.

Eastern Highlands is prioritising agriculture and is looking forward to launching its first Agriculture depot in the province.

The province has spent K1.8 million in the 2014 Provincial Services Improvement program (PSIP) funds on agriculture.

The recent ban on imports of agricultural products, which can be produced locally, is welcomed news for the province.

But, Governor Soso says whether the ban will last, remains a question.

So far the province is focusing on the production of carrots, cabbage, and sweet potatoes with a focus to sell outside of the province in supermarkets, hotels, mining industries etc.

She made these remarks when presenting the 2014 provincial services improvement program funds to the department of implementation and rural development today.

Only 47% of the K40 million PSIP funds for 2014 were used.

The remaining money is recurring into the 2015 budget.

Governor Soso said the remaining amount for the 2014 budget was not used because of various court cases and the battle for the position of provincial administrator.

DIRD Director, Paul Sai’i said Eastern Highlands has a good track record in submitting acquittals, compared to other Highlands provinces.

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