Potato Farming in Hela

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A 12-month potato farming project was officially opened last Friday inthe Lower Wage LLG of Margarima, Hela Province.


It was funded bythPNG Sustainable Development Program. Two hours by road from Tari,the 1,000 people ofthe Kapendaga community live in a remote and mountainous area.

Chief executive ofPNG DP David Sode saidthe potato farm was an initiative ofthe community andthe concept was chosen becausethe youths had already acquired skills in potato farming from previous work in Mt. Hagen atthe Kelta Potato farm.

The aim and significance behindthe project was to eradicate poverty in Kapendaga and alleviate urban drift amongst young adults. The project has now reachedthe harvesting period and local buyers are willing to purchase fromthe community for the start.

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