Rural communities such as Ossima in the
By SOLDIER BURUKA of DAL
Farmers in the
A women’s leader made the call at the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council forum in Goroka last week.
President of the
The biggest need was seed capital for the women and youths to be fully engaged in farming projects and activities.
Huku said road and market infrastructure needed to be upgraded to enable the farmers to transport their produce to the market and the mining companies.
Accessibility to good road network is also important for farmers to also enable them to receive basic services such as health, education, law and order and others.
Huku said the CIMC forum theme was on rural infrastructure and communication, the vital links in the development chain, however, she was disappointed that representatives from some key agencies and organisations in the region did not attend, apart from the
It was an eye-opener for women leaders like her and she urged the government to take note of the forum recommendations.
Huku said agricultural services in
She was concerned that many men were being lured by the LNG project thus leaving only the women and young people to participate in agriculture.
“We don’t know which way to go,” Huku said.
“The people depend on farming for their livelihood.
“It is very important for the provincial administration, agricultural agencies, mining companies and other stakeholders to work together in promoting agriculture in the province.”
The LNG project will have a major impact on the agriculture sector and it is important that agriculture delivery services reach the women who can be supported to produce more food to meet the expected huge demand.
It is also necessary for the relevant authorities to introduce new types of food crops to cater for different tastes.
Western Highlands provincial council of women vice-president Cathy Lawi supported Huku and said agricultural services must reach women farmers at the district and local level government ward levels.
She said farmers in the highlands region needed support to boost agricultural farming to meet the demand from the LNG project.
She believed that farmers in the region have the capability to produce food for LNG but they needed government assistance.
“Farmers in the