The National, Wednesday 08th Febuary 2012
By ELIAS LARI
THE new Laigaip-Porgera agriculture cooperative society has been boosted with a K3 million grant from the government.
Local MP Phillip Kikala said during the cooperative’s launching on Monday that such a body would help improve the lives of Porgera people.
Government funding would be diverted to cooperative societies which would then redistribute that to help people start small agriculture projects, he said.
Present at the launching, which took place at the Piyam sports complex in Porgera district, were village and church leaders, local business people and representatives from Canadian gold mining company Barrick Gold, which is operating in the area.
Cooperative chairman Thomson Kulara said agriculture could become a major contributor to the economy of the district.
He said a well-run cooperative society was important in the distribution of government funding.