Petroleum Minister Kerenga Kua has pledged K1 million (€260,000) to boost agriculture activities for his electorate. Kua was invited to his village Mogl last Friday, a few kilometres outside Kundiawa, to officially launch the Moglkagai NDK Disadvantage Bulb Onion Farmers Association.
He assured farmers there that K1 million will be made available next year after the budget is handed down. 'This is to involve everyone in agriculture to sustain their livelihood and to improve cash flow and food security so that no one goes hungry," he said. 'There is hope on the land so we must all work hard to contribute and gain something, there is no free handout.”
Minister Kua also encouraged the people of Sinasina-Yongomugl to go back to their land and use it. He then presented K10, 000 in cash (€2,600) to the farmers to support their work.
Association chairman and coordinator Isaac Waiang said it was the first of its kind in the district and thanked Kua for his financial support. "Our aim is to involve everyone in the community and produce in bulk but it involves hard work and commitment. We were also trained to manage time as it is also a valuable resource and should not be misused.
Time management is crucial if we are to grow and change our lifestyle," Waiang said. He said they have already secured a market which is Highlands Fresh Produce, and they will continue to maintain the supply and demand. He thanked their partners Fresh Produce Development Agency and agriculture officers for their technical support and Mr Kua.