Partnership programme introduces farming skills training

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THE Australian government in partnership with Exxonmobil PNG continues to support the development of vital skills and knowledge in agriculture, a priority area for the country.
This follows the participation of 20 Papua New Guineans from four provinces, who took part in the Australian awards introduction to agro-business short course in Jiwaka from Aug 12-16. Exxonmobil managing director Andrew Barry said the partnership with the Australian government was part of its efforts to develop PNG’s human capacity and support local communities.
“The agriculture sector has the potential to impact many communities and we are pleased to continue our support in this area to promote economic growth and improve the standard of living,” he said.
Participants from Central, Gulf, Hela and Southern Highlands develop their skills and knowledge during interactive classroom sessions and site visits.
The short course sessions included skills for farmers, financial management, value chains improvement and marketing. Site visits were made to Tininga Fresh Produce, an agro-business operator in Jiwaka, for participants to learn firsthand information from successful local farmers.
Of the 20 participants, 17 were females, highlighting Australia’s commitment to women’s economic empowerment. Two previous courses were held in 2017 and 2018.

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