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Old 28-09-2002, 12:11 PM
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Government shifts more emphasis to food production

Food Production Potential

Papua New Guinea has the potential for mass food production for the local market and even export. It is blessed with vast land area, reliable climate and good fertile soil.

A wide range of foods including sweet potato, taro, banana, sago, yam and cassava have been part of the diet of the people for the last century.

Consistent supply and marketing have been major problems associated with food and livestock production.

It has been a problem for producers to market their food and livestock products locally and to export food.

Deputy Director for Food Security Branch with the Department of Agriculture and Livestock, Siva Supiramaniam said to have a market locally and even for overseas export purposes, there must be a reliable production base and consistency with supply of food products.

"We are producing food but consistency is lacking", says Mr. Siva.

Young girls from Boera standing under banana bunches ready for church opening. Banana is a staple diet in many parts of the country.
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