MADANG Province hosts some of the encouragingly significant alluvial gold mining areas which can create economic environment to alleviate poverty and improve standard of living for thousands of rural based people in Madang, Middle Ramu, Usino/Bundi and Bogia districts.
All four districts have documented alluvial goldfields, which the immediate landowners are actively mining and producing appreciable quantities of gold enough to economically sustain their lives.
People from Gama LLG, Kovon LLG, Madang district and Yawar are ideally located within these areas known to host Alluvial Mining Goldfields.
The Madang Provincial Government, particularly the governor, should look at generating avenues to which young people can be adequately trained under the Small Scale Mining Training Centre in Wau, Morobe Province, so that they can sustainably mine to improve their standard of living.
I suggest sending 30 landowners of these alluvial mining areas to Wau to be trained using currently well-established outreach programs currently available in this school.
This will enhance their knowledge and skills and better equipped for alluvial gold mining activities to increase their production.
The East Sepik Provincial Government has sent a large contingent to this school last year and I see Madang Provincial Government should do the same.
For sure our rural people need training in small-scale operations such as cocoa, copra and coffee farmers so that they have the training and skills to manage their cash crops.
We have mineral resources that can be mined to sustain and benefit our people but our people lack the knowledge and skills in small scale mining.