Positive impact of project

Farming

Community leaders in the Tinputz area in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville say the World Bank and International Fund for Agriculture Development-funded Productive Partnerships in Agriculture is having a positive impact.
Cocoa farmers are happy with the introduction of PPAP and are supporting its continued activities and expansion in the Tinputz area.
“Cocoa is our livelihood, cocoa is money, and our farmers are working hard to maintain their cocoa blocks with PPAP’s technical assistance and training,” says Hanatoabuin chief, Peter Sisivue.
Hanatoabuin village chairman, Thomas Kavia, says with the PPAP’s assistance, farmers are being encouraged to participate and also support their fellow villagers in utilizing available land for cocoa farming activities.
Both men said farmers are happy with the PPAP and want more farmers to be given assistance to go into cocoa farming. Despite minor concerns such as average prices, freight, transport, roads and others, farmers were generally happy and agreed that cocoa is still a good source of income.
A successful female farmer, Karen Max, said she has 400 cocoa trees and so far has sold 18 bags, and is quite happy with the support she receives under the PPAP.
The three and other speakers made their statements during a meeting with a World Bank and IFAD mission that visited the country recently to assess the progress of the PPAP. The mission members visited cocoa blocks, cocoa fermentaries and nurseries in the Tinputz, Wakunai, Konnou and Buin areas in AROB before travelling to coffee projects in the highlands region.

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