Government Must Support Cocoa Farmers to Help Generate Revenue

By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby

Maprik MP John Simon says if the Government wants to rebuild the country’s economy, adequate support must be focused on the agriculture sector. MP Simon says cocoa, coffee, and palm oil can be the three sectors to focus on. The Maprik MP said his district needs K10million to generate over 8 billion a year.

The Maprik MP says Agriculture sector is the only hope to ease the current economic struggles faced by the country. He gave an estimated calculation of how his District can support cocoa farmers and help generate an income to the national purse.

Despite vanilla, the talk of Maprik Town and other areas of Central Sepik, MP Simon is optimistic cocoa can add value and help the Government in its attempt to achieve goals of the economic recovery plan. He says farmers must be supported. Districts in East and West Sepik provinces contribute nearly a quarter of the cocoa produce according to Agriculture Reports.

Meanwhile, the Maprik MP is urging the East Sepik Transport Board to relook at the route allocation of Central Sepik public vehicles. MP Simon says his people are denied in accessing services in town following the murder of a PMV driver. He says the board needs to screen PMV owners who wish to run PMV services in Central Sepik.

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