Use local products, says SP

Business

By MARK HAIHUIE
INITIATIVES by businesses to be less dependent on imports should be considered with the current foreign exchange issue, according to South Pacific Brewery.
Corporate affairs manager John Nilkare was explaining the company’s initiative to source locally-grown cassava to progressively replace imported malt barley in its beer production.
Nilkare told The National that the Government supported the initiative.
“The cassava project is aligned with the Government’s policy on agriculture. The Department of Agriculture has been wonderful to us and have fully embraced this idea,” he said.
“They have given us land and resources to operate our project in.
“We are commencing the construction of our processing factory in the third quarter of this year in Erap, Lae where we have our cassava nursery.
“Foreign exchange shortage is a challenge being faced by many companies and SP Brewery is not excluded from this.
“That is why it is important that we are driving to source ingredients from PNG to progressively substitute imported ingredients for our brew. Also by going ahead with the cassava project, it also has the means to keep our kina in the country and in the pockets of our people which is again in line with SP Brewery and Heineken’s policy on financially empowering the communities we operate within.”

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