The National, Monday March 17th, 2014
THE Department of Agriculture and Livestock needs to step up its operations to provide technical assistance to betel nut cultivators to enable them to switch to alternative cash crops.
Betel nut cultivators of Central and Gulf have been practising a mono culture for generations to sustain their livelihood and to change overnight from one commodity to another is impossible.
There is no evidence of economies around the globe surviving and prospering on the betel nut industry.
If nothing is done to revert to alternative cash crops, betel nut cultivation will continue with wholesalers and retailers devising new means to bring the nuts into the city.
Political and administrative heads of the affected districts need to assist in this agricultural development.
The opportunities for alternative cash crops cultivation are limitless, considering the large land mass the two provinces possess.
With the mining and petroleum boom, exporting locally to these catering companies will not be a problem.
It is about time PNG seriously considers commercial farming instead of subsistence farming.
Powes Parkop’s efforts to clean up Port Moresby are being vehemently opposed by the retailing and chewing community that does not have the bigger picture in mind.
A clean city is beneficial for the common good of all and this issue should not be left to the NCD governor alone to combat.
E Mondurafa, Via email