by Bethanie Harriman – EM TV, Lae
A Local Rice Cooperative in the Markham Valley is set to partner with Trukai and the Morobe Provincial Government, to utilise their land for rice cultivation.
The local landowners will own their land, but they will use it to harvest rice that will then be sold to Trukai.
Ragiampum farmers gathered today to hear how the Morobe Provincial Government and Trukai Rice would assist them to use their land to make an income.
Trukai CEO Greg Worthington-Erye says the rice company will help them to plant the rice, harvest it and then purchase it for production.
The landowners will sign a rice development agreement with Trukai, and in the agreement the landowners will get expert help and machinery support.
Morobe Governor Kelly Naru was also at the gathering to show the provincial government’s backing.
He explained during his speech that the provincial government has embarked on a new concept, away from the private public partnership, that will now include the participation of landowners.