By Sylvester Gawi – EM TV, Lae
Law and order has been a growing concern in the Markham district of the Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea with the shortage of police manpower and logistics.
In the last five years, seven police officers based at the Mutzing station have been serving the entire district.
Markham MP Paul Isikiel says the district will be getting ten new police officers and new police vehicles in the new year.
The Markham District is one of the nine districts of the Morobe Province, and is comprised of the Onga-Waffa rural, Umi-Atzero rural and Wantoat-Leron rural local level governments.
The district’s headquarters is in Kaiapit, and as at the time of the 2011 National Census, the population of the district was 62,495.
Markham covers an area of 4,311 square kilometres where the aaaaagriculture and cattle industries flourish.
Notably, Markham Agro, one of the largest and globally-focused agro product companies is located in the district and owns 6,162 hectares of land in the Markham Valley, employing about 1,120 people on the farm.