Locals get access to markets

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Haiveta with a woman from Kaintiba.

FARMERS in remote parts of Gulf will be able to sell their produce to markets in Kerema and Port Moresby, thanks to the provincial government.
Governor Chris Haiveta was in the province recently to launch a subsidised transport scheme in partnership with Airborne Logistics and Niugini Aviation.
The partnership means cheaper air services for the local growers.
After the official launch, Haiveta made the 20-minute flight into Kaintiba station, the headquarters of the Kaintiba rural local level government, to start the air service.
He also delivered a portable sawmill for the LLG.
Addressing a mixed crowd of young and old, Haiveta said four aircraft – two helicopters and two fixed wing aircraft – would be available for the service.
He announced that desolated airstrips in Hawabango, Komako, Kanabea, Bu and others would be re-opened to bring services closer to the people.
The hinterlands of Gulf where geographical settings comprise mostly of enclaves of hamlets nestled on hilltops and in gullies with abutted knife-edged ridges and gorges, continue to pose great challenges for the delivery of basic government services.
Because of such difficulties, government services are minimal and public infrastructure are deteriorating.

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