THE district of Telefomin has fertile land in its four local level governments and can produce cash crops and supply nearby companies, including OTML.
However, as of now, only local subsistence farmers, especially from Oksapmin, are supplying vegetables in small quantities to companies in the Kiunga/Tabubil areas without help from the district’s agricultural section.
The agriculture manager and his officers are not being creative and innovative enough to support local subsistence farmers by supplying seeds and equipment, for example.
Funding should be spent to grow agricultural activities in the district.
People in the district talk about education and health but what about agriculture?
We have very fertile soils in our district which can generate income, but only if the agricultural officers use their skills to help local subsistence farmers who have been relying mainly on their traditional methods of agriculture.
What is the agricultural manager in the district doing?
Can the DDA and the MP do something?
Agriculture in the district is stagnant and we are not seeing any tangible agricultural development in our four LLGs.
It is time to bring in young vibrant graduates who hold a bachelor’s degree in agriculture to replace the old colonial officers who cannot move around in the community to support agricultural activities.