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Life at Farm 15

Residents of 15-Mile outside of Port Moresby, locally known as Farm 15, consider the area as a home away from home.

They said they have been acquainted with the richness of farming though piggery, chicken and garden foods.

However, accessibility to basic government services has been a worrying concern.

Farm 15 area is home to settlers from the Highlands and Coastal region of Papua New Guinea.

They have been living there for generations after purchasing the land from the local Koiari people of Sogeri in the Central Province.

A stretch of road accessed them to Port Moresby City from which they seek government services. However, it has been in a deteriorating state with potholes, and puddles that often result in vehicles getting bogged.

Living there is like a home-away-from-home which the residents have turned the land into good use by farming, and cultivating crops and sell to obtain an income.

On the other side of the Laloki River is a local Koiari village called, Mesime. A footbridge is the only lifeline that connects Mesime village of Koiari Local Level Government to access government services.

Mesime has an estimated population of 1,000 people. However, health and education has been a worrying concern for them.

Villagers said when it rains, the river floods to the height of the footbridge making it impossible for them to cross over to the other side.

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