EASTERN Highlands Governor Malcolm KelaSmith has invited New Zealanders to invest in his province when New Zealand’s Governor-General Sir Anand Satyandand visited Goroka on Wednesday.
“We have the best fresh product here, so I invite New Zealanders to come and explore the opportunities here and do businesses,” Mr Kela-Smith said, adding that Eastern Highlands and New Zealand had similarities in the land, climate and agricultural activities.
He also invited New Zealanders to invest in the horticulture business.
He said Eastern Highlands was in the Guinness Book of Records as having the best climate of about 12 degrees Celsius at night and 28 degrees during the day with the rain, sun and attitude good enough to produce quality vegetables.
Sir Anand assured Mr Kela-Smith that he would pass on the invitation to government and business officials in New Zealand.
Mr Kela-Smith thanked the New Zealand government for funding some of the programmes in the country and province like the Fresh Product Development Authority, Save the Children, Eastern Highlands family voice and other assistance.
He said coffee was the only real export earners but the assistance of the New Zealand government through FPDA could create more jobs and income for the people with vegetables sales.
Mr Kela-Smith said the people could grow fresh products but they needed advice on packaging, marketing and transporting.