THE Sepik Culture and Agriculture Show held in Wewak from Dec 11-13 was hailed a success by the show’s committee.
Port Moresby committee member Jason Handikiang, while acknowledging the support of sponsors, said the province had had festivals before, however, there was no provincial festival that incorporated culture and agriculture.
He acknowledged business houses and sponsors that supported the festivel.
“It was very challenging in terms of getting sponsors on board but the successful celebration over the weekend is a positive step going forward for East Sepik,” Handikiang said.
He said agriculture was an important and growing industry in the province.
“Similarly the cultural heritage of East Sepik is important and needs to be preserved, protected and passed on to the younger generation,” Handikiang said.
“Our culture, our way of life is what tourists and visitors come to experience each year.
“From such visits, our people get to provide services such as tour guiding, hospitality services, selling of handicrafts and sell local produce for an income.
“It is a thriving industry and through such events, relevant government offices, agencies and businesses can meet to showcase what they have to offer in terms agriculture, culture and tourism development.”
Handikiang said the show gave the opportunity for business houses to set up stalls and showcase their products and services to the people of East Sepik.
He said business houses and organisations such as the National Superannuation Fund, Coca-Cola Amatil (PNG) Ltd, Kina Bank, Bank of PNG, the Tourism Promotion Authority, bmobile, among others, travelled from Port Moresby to showcase their products and services and also assisting the people how to use those products.
He said bmobile was the show’s official communications partner.