Papua New Guinea's reliance on imported frozen fruits and vegetables will be tested as its own frozen food facility is set to change the market. More specifically it will challenge imports that have dominated the frozen vegetable and fruit segment. From a country that boasts some of the most fertile agricultural land, PNG continues its 100 per cent import of all frozen fruits and vegetable products.
In November, next month, the new Highlands Agriculture Industrial Centre (AIC), in lalibu Pangia, will open its production lines for the local market which will mark a new era for PNG produce storage and niche marketability.
The Highlands AIC will work off the success of major partner and successful PNG agriculture developer Innovative Agro Industries (IA1), who have had success in import replacement projects in fresh vegetables through its 9 Mile farms in Port Moresby and running the !limo Dairy Farm product line, the only commercial dairy project in the country.
The first produce lined up for freezing and sale, will be locally grown potatoes turned into French fries (chips) that will hit the shelves next month.