Use farms to generate income, farmers told

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FARMERS in East New Britain are urged to use their farms as business to generate income for them and their communities.
Deputy provincial administrator Levi Mano received more than 300 bags of bulb onions from the Gembog area of Chimbu yesterday to be sold in the local market.
He commended the East New Britain market authority board and management, saying that such programmes for fresh produce between the province and the Highlands province was the way to go.
He said it should prompt local producers to focus on mass production of crops given that there was an avenue created by the tripartite partnership between the market authority, the Fresh Produce Development Agency and provincial administration through.
Mano said study has shown that roadside markets and the provincial markets generated up to K50 million annually and this was what small to medium enterprise development was all about.
He said it was the market that financially supported families when cash crop prices were badly affected.
Mano said the Government had done its bit to set up such systems to create an economic environment.
He said it was now up to local farmers to take it on board so that they became assets in their communities.

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