Gumine people receive K1mil to start small businesses


THE Government has allocated K1 million to the people of Gumine in Chimbu to start small-to-medium businesses.
National Planning and Monitoring Minister Rainbo Paita handed over materials for two nurseries.
Farmers displayed fresh farm produce, cocoa and aquaculture (inland fish farming) during the occasion.
Paita, when handing over the money to Gumine MP Nick Kuman, at Dirima station, said the concept of a macro-small-medium enterprise (MSME) incubation centre had been on the drawing board for a while.
MSME development includes production, buying, selling, women businesses and service stations.
Paita assured Kuman of the government support especially in agriculture.
Paita committed K200,000 to the Dirima Primary School, and K50,000 to each of the five wards.
Kuman said the centre would support the growth of MSMEs through marketing.
“This is a project which we have undertaken to make sure that our agriculture produce will come to one central point, from where it will be taken to the market,” he said.
“Construction work will begin at the end of August.
“We will target cash crops like potatoes, bulb onions and cocoa.
“At the same time, we will target SMEs in other areas as well.
“This will become the hub of business and SMEs.”
Paita handed over material for two 20,000-seedling capacity nurseries in Gumine on behalf of Agriculture and Livestock Minister, John Simon.
Nursery materials – which were transported by PNG Cocoa Board officers from Lae – included shade cloth, polybags, wheelbarrows, knapsacks, knives, wire, files, boxes of nails, spades, pickets, saws and pliers worth K60,000.