Thursday, August 19, 2010

First seeds sown in Kikori

Story and pictures by SENIORL ANZU

Villagers along the Kikori delta in the Gulf province can now practice modern agriculture for food security and income, thanks to Oil Search Limited and the PNG Women in Agriculture Development Foundation (PNGWiADF).

The sole dependence on sago and fish for survival by the Kikori River people will be a thing of the past as they take up new skills and innovations in vegetable production.

 They can now farm round cabbage, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, carrots, spring onion, lettuce, pak choi, watermelon and tomato.

Aspiring farmers like Dorothy Foroua (right) and young lasses from Kikori River are pictured happily preparing to transplant their first broccoli seedlings at Irimuka village near Kikori last week.

President of PNGWiADF Maria Linibi trained 26 villagers last week to practice modern agriculture through Oil Search’s sustainable development programme.



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