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Payaipa Women’s group to grow seedlings to supply to communities

ExxonMobil PNG continues to help and support local communities with restoration activities. The work now continues with the Payaipa Women’s Group in the Hides are of Hela Province. As part of the community livelihood improvement program (CLIP) ExxonMobil PNG in partnership with ANU Enterprise (ANUE), have issued Payaipa women with sufficient quantities of open-polluted green beans and Pakchoi seeds to grow, and supply to the community.

ExxonMobil PNG’s community livelihood improvement program through ANUE will buy back the seeds from the women’s group once they are harvested and dried. The seeds will then be distributed back into the communities. This is part of ExxonMobil PNG’s long-term recovery plan for the communities.

“Re-establishing food gardens is an important step towards helping the communities recover from the disaster. We are pleased that ANUE is already executing this plan to help the communities,” said Andrew Barry, managing director of ExxonMobil PNG.

The Payaipa women’s group have been part of ExxonMobil PNG’s CLIP program since 2016.

“It was only fitting that we involved them because they have the skills and knowledge to grow the crops to generate seeds, said Timothy Geob, food and cash crops specialist of ANUE. We will be available to provide technical advice to the group to ensure they grow quality seeds,” he added.

ExxonMobil PNG is also providing support for the restoration of health care facilities and education services as part of its long term recovery plan. The company is also assisting the government to build infrastructure and key roads and bridges for Hela and Southern Highlands provinces that were destroyed during the disaster.

Source: ExxonMobil Media Release

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