Post Courier | November 13, 2018
Ramu NiCo Mine’s environment section at Kurumbukari mine in Madang Province began planting cocoa seedlings in the mined out areas of the Kurumbukari plateau as part of its mine environment rehabilitation.
More than 250 cocoa seedlings were delivered recently by the company’s Sustainable Agriculture section of the Community Affairs Department to KBK Mine Environment Section of the company’s HSE Department under the supervision of Allan Wahwah and Alex Kambual and planted at Mine Pit Two area.
The aim is to explore the growth rates and adaptability of cocoa, eagle wood and sandal wood in the mined out areas at KBK Mine.
Eagle wood and sandalwood are yet to be transported from the Forest Research Institute in Lae to KBK Mine for rehabilitation.
Mr Wahwah said that it may take a year or two to establish the assumptions and then recommendations would be proposed for mass planting. He said there are plans to raise KBK native seeds present in the KBK primary forest.
However, these will all be captured in a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) which he had developed and had already circulated within the company.
Mr Wahwah, a former agriculturist from PNG CCI, who now works with Ramu NiCo (MCC) Community Affairs planned with Mr Kambual to come up with cocoa planting at the mined out areas as part of rehabilitation. He said more collaboration between Ramu NiCo Community Affairs Agriculture section and the HSE Environment team was needed to carry out rehabilitation using cash crop as part of the sustainable source of income for the local landowners of KBK in the future..
He said CA Agriculture team would do an in-house training for the environment team at KBK on cocoa management practices.