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K340m European Union grant project launched in Papua New Guinea's East Sepik

“Less talk and more action,” said Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape when he launched a European Union funding grant for small holder farmers in Wewak, East Sepik Province worth K340 million (US$100 million).

This comes after the signing of the Enterprise Development Fund (EDF) earlier this year.

The EU’s EDF is funding of a small pilot program in PNG which creates enterprises for smallholder vanilla and cocoa farmers of East and West Sepik.

Marape said that the project was important and that no politics would be involved in the project.

He told the people of East Sepik to go back to their villages and work the land, “our job is to bring roads, (and) infrastructure to buy your produce”.

“We will find the market, as agriculture in the province especially PNG is of greater potential in the next ten years, we aim to bring more buyers of the vanilla and cocoa into the country,” he said.

“Agriculture is of economic importance to the people of this country (and) this project is important and this launch will see us branch out to other provinces besides East and West Sepik.”

West Sepik Governor Tony Wouwou said availability of the funding is of importance and will see economic empowerment in both provinces.

“It has not been a smooth journey but we have overcome a lot of the obstacles, and this will see economic empowerment in both provinces,” he said.

ESP Governor Allan Bird said that the grant was donor funding to the national government, through the Department of National Planning and Monitoring.


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