Cocoa and Copra growers in Rabaul District have been challenged to produce quality crops by local MP Allan Marat.
This follows the commissioning of copra driers and cocoa fermenters in Wotom Island and Kombiu LLGs.
The launch of these income earning facilities will create the avenue for people to earn money through the sale of their produce.
East New Britain province is known for a number of economic activities that includes the massive sale of cocoa and copra.
With the investment of such facilities, the people are given the opportunity to participate in the economic activities.
On Wotom island, there is an enormous agriculture potential especially for cocoa and copra production. These projects are operational but more focus must be given to educate locals on how to properly manage and grow the crops.
Given the fact that not much money can be earned from this cash crops, the local MP challenged the government on how soon the downstream on these crops can be introduced so people can earn more money through the sale of these goods.
The projects are funded through the Rabaul District Support Improvement Project Funds at a cost of over five hundred thousand kina.