By ZACHERY PER
A CHINESE state-owned company has donated two new farming tractors to the Eastern Highlands government for mushroom and dry land rice productions.
China Wu Yi PNG Ltd general manager Ding Hongniang and Chinese Embassy economic and commercial counsellor Lin Linlin handed over keys for two tractors and other farming equipment to Eastern Highlands Governor Peter Numu this week.
Linlin said the tractors had the potential to plough 2.5 hectares per day and help bring great benefits to the community.
“For 20 years, the Fujian Province of China and Eastern Highlands province worked hard to find a solution to solve financial problems, especially for women folks growing food crops in their back yards,” he said.
He urged the people to work hard.
Hoinguang said China Wu Yi PNG wanted to maintain its commitment to fulfil its social responsibilities to donate two tractors to the Eastern Highlands government, particularly towards the Juncao Project to assist farmers plough land for farming.
He said the machines would reduce manual labour for increased production.
“Previously, through Chinese Enterprises Association and Chinese community in PNG, we helped the people in Southern Highlands, Hela, Western and parts of Enga affected by the earthquake early this year with relief supplies and cash donations,” Hongniang said.
He thanked the people for the support and cooperation offered by the Government, landowners and local communities.
He mentioned a welcome reception put up for them by the people of Henganofi and Nupuru in Lufa district where the company is rebuilding a rural road between Henganofi and Nupuru. Numu thanked China Wu Yi PNG Ltd for the machines and committed to purchase more gear for farmers in his 2019 budget.
“We want to go into commercial rice production, your support is timely, we will soon launch a blueprint to set directions and policy changes to lift the profile of ordinary people,” Numu said.
By ZACHERY PER