Food Security for Western at Risk

By Stanley Ove Jr – EM TV News, Port Moresby

A local businessman in Kiunga, Western Province who helps transport food crops to Kiunga town market, said the province is at risk of losing many of its food crops.

Tit Kasiam said from his observations, the province’s main food crops like sago and sweet potato are likely to face extinction if the dry weather continues.

“The province is flat, and with the humid and dry weather here being overtaken by El Nino, the province is going through a tough time,” Kasiam said.

Kasiam told EMTV News the provincial government has not been making enough awareness on this dry weather and he fears lives can be lost.

“We have not received anything from our Provincial Government to date; they have to come out do something like other leaders in other provinces are doing,”

“We need relief supplies to be distributed to people living in remote Western Province; they are the ones who will be badly affected,” he said.

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