By MALUM NALU
Eastern Highlands Agricultural Society has given the thumbs up to Goroka Show committee, sponsors, farmers and the community for the successful staging of the 55th Goroka Show and 36th independence anniversary.
President Wilson Thompson and secretary Thomas Solepa gave kudos to organising committee chairman Gideon Samuel, his deputy David Seine, Coffee Industry Corporation CEO Navi Anis, National Agriculture Research Institute, department of Agriculture and Livestock, Goroka Treks & Tours and Coral Sea Hotels.
They said that it was without incident and many activities such as parades by police and prison officers, as well as a performance by the Royal PNG Constabulary Band, stole the show.
"There was also the introduction of greasy pole by CIC with farming implements, and live bands such as K Dumen," Thompson said.
"There were also many exhibitors from NGOS like CARE, Save the Children, Eastern Highlands Disabled Committee, Bismarck Ramu Group and environmental NGOs.
"We had government agencies such as Bank of PNG, Mineral Resource Authority, PNG NRL Bid, Eastern Highlands Health Authority and Fresh Produce Development Authority, apart from the traditional support from CIC, NARI, DAL and promotion of model farmers by Highlands Farmers & Settlers Association, Ramu Agricultural Industries Ltd, Brian Bell and Bris Kanda project from Morobe.
"In the cultural exhibits, the attractions were the Eastern Highlands Cultural Centre from Kainantu, Zumin (Markham) Pottery and individual craftsmen and artists who sold their arts and craft and paintings.
"Commercial attractions include RAIL, Trukai Ltd, Lae Biscuit Ltd, New Guinea Fruit Company, Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd, Nestle PNG and others.
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill graced the show and 36th independence anniversary celebrations in Goroka with his presence.
"The EHAS also appreciated the presence of our three Ministers from Eastern Highlands John Boito, Thompson Haroqkaveh and Sai Sailon Besseo; Yawa Silupa, Vice Minister for Finance and Treasury; Benny Allan, Unggai Bena MP (patron of show); Patrick Kondo, Daulo MP; Ombudsman commissioner John Nero; Chief Secretary Manasupe Zurenuoc; Commissioners of Police and Correctional Service; and other dignitaries," Thompson said.
"The EHAS Inc as the legal body of the Goroka Show organising committee, people of Goroka and Eastern Highlands, commend the Prime Minister's various policy statements on free education and NATSCHOL, law and order and road infrastructure development; and also appreciated the various K5 million government funding for Goroka Town roads, Goroka Secondary School, Goroka mobile clinic, National Sports Institute/showground development totalling K20 million and K10 million committed to Goroka Base Hospital.
"We also appreciate the K0.7 million grant to the Goroka Show committee, based on short, medium and long-term plans submitted to the national government.
"The EHAS is optimistic that we will be involved with the various stakeholders in the upgrade of the showground to facilitate the aspirations of the Goroka Show.
"There were many tourists from Europe, USA and Australia who appreciated and commended the Goroka Show Committee for the event."