By WILSON THOMPSON
President, Highlands Farmers and Settlers Association and Eastern Highlands Agricultural Society
On behalf of Highlands Farmers and Settlers Association Inc and Eastern Highlands Agriculture Society Inc, we take opportunity to thank the participants of the agriculture and rural sector who contributed cash, kind and participated in the AgriFair and Goroka Show this year.
We also acknowledge the sponsors in various categories, especially Sir Brian Bell and Sir Sinake Giregire Farmers Prize (Brian Bell), Ian Downs Prize (Farmset), and the Minister for Agriculture and Livestock for a donation of K10,000.
The best public sector stall was put up by National Agriculture Research Institute, best farmer groups by Coffee Industry Corporation Coffee Growers Cooperative Society, and best private sector stall by Brian Bell Co Ltd.
We also commend the Ungai-Bena District for sponsoring the accompanying Kangal Festival, which comprised members of the Ungai-Bena Coffee Cooperative and appreciate the efforts of our Patron, Hon Benny Allan.
Further, we commend NARI, The National, Post-Courier, National Broadcasting Commission, Krai Bilong Kumul, and Wantok newspaper for publicity, and The National for the Goroka Show Supplement.
Finally, we thank National. GamingControl Board for the naming rights sponsorship and all sponsors of the Goroka Show.
As usual, the Goroka Show Organising Committee will send a formal letter and Certificate of Appreciation, and financial and operating reports to all sponsors and participants as at year ended December 2012.
Without the other participants, farmers, HFSA farmers and groups (in various display categories of coffee, spices, food security, inland fisheries, apiculture, citrus, floriculture, livestock and general); support of DAL Deputy Secretary Mawe Gonapa and Director Highlands Kawage Teka and staff; and Navi Anis, CEO, Coffee Industry Corporation and Agriculture Chairman and CIC staff for logistic; and Gideon Samuel, Chairman Goroka Show and Committee and support staff, the 56th Show would not have been a success.
We look forward to seeing you all with more support next year.
Please convey our appreciation to all your officers involved in this event.
Wilson Thompson, ML
President, HFSA and EHAS Inc