Agro project expected to finish next year


ENGA deputy administrator Sandis Tsaka says the K23 million Surinki innovative agro industry project is expected to be completed early next year.
Tsaka told The National the project targeted more than 100,000 people living in high-altitude areas.
The project is a joint venture partnership between the Enga government and the Israeli company Innovative Agro Industries to promote investment and development in the agriculture sector in the province.
Tsaka said the project would involve the development of an agriculture extension centre, a estate farm to support nucleus farms, a processing centre to process produce for distribution and marketing and a training centre to educate farmers on farming methods, skills and technology.
“The project commenced this year with construction starting four months ago and is expected to be completed by early 2017,” he said.
“The project targets more than 120,000 people of Enga who live in the high altitude areas of the province with limited economic opportunities. IAI chairman Ilan Weiss acknowledged the contribution of the Enga government. He said the parties had worked together on the project, including a detailed feasibility study from 2014 to 2015.
He said the provincial government had a leading role in the process to establish a modern advanced agriculture sector in the province, engaging as many smallholder farmers as was feasible.

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