Philippine Government eager to be PNG’s major rice importer

With the recent successful harvest of rice from the trial rice project at 14 mile in Port Moresby, the Philippines Government is eager to be a major importer of home-grown PNG rice in the near future. Speaking during the official rice harvest ceremony last week, Philippines Ambassador to PNG, Dr Bien Tejano, highlighted that through the success of the rice project, PNG now has the potential to produce rice commercially, and that Philippines, whilst providing the technical assistance and man-power to PNG, would also buy rice from PNG.

Following a Memorandum of Understanding signed between PNG and Philippines during APEC in November to allow investors from the Philippines to access PNG soil to mass produce rice, the harvest at PAU signifies the start of a new investment opportunity between the two countries.

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