Peterson Tsereha | Loop PNG | July 18, 2016
Farmers are calling on the Autonomous Bougainville Government to forget about mining and concentrate on agriculture.
Cocoa and copra farmers throughout the Region have put out a joint request to the ABG because cocoa and copra is for grassroots.
A cocoa farmer from North Bougainville in the Suir Constituency, Pais Silaves, told Loop PNG that more focus has to go into agriculture because everyone is qualified for agriculture.
“Mining is for a small portion of people only. What about the rest of the village people?” Silaves said.
“Cocoa and copra, even coffee, is the way to go. Everyone sees money from agriculture and also a good fish market for our coastal and island communities.
“More and more funds are being spent on negotiations for Panguna and other mining prospects; good money that the Government can spend on agriculture alone,” Silaves said.
Right now, majority of Bougainvilleans are enjoying the impact of the cash crop market. More and more people are acquiring blocks of land just to plant cocoa, the local explained.
“What the ABG should be doing right now is to improve feeder roads for us to access the market more easily and to help some of us acquire export license; to export our cocoa overseas.”