By DOREEN POLOH WAIM
TWENTY women and youths from the Wara Kalap settlement at 4-Mile in Lae have taken a positive step to participate in a vegetable farming training to promote self sufficiency in their community.
The training was partly initiated by the community and the secretary of the Nawaeb district women’s council Sera Koris who resides at 4-Mile.
The three-day training, facilitated by the Fresh Produce Development Agency (FPDA) and the Morobe division of agriculture and livestock, started yesterday after being officially opened by the provincial food and livestock co-ordinator Amos Buieba.
Mr Buieba commended the group for their initiative in funding the training, saying it was the first time an organised group from the settlement had come forward to take part in such training.
He said the training would help the participants to viably grow vegetables commercially as well as for their own use.
FPDA extension adviser Debrah Bubun said the first part of the training would basically focus on vegetable farming, growing lowland vegetables and backyard gardening.
Ms Bubun said demonstration on growing and cultivating varieties of vegetables would be included to provide participants with hands on experience.
The third day of the training would be devoted to floriculture awareness to provide the participants with insights into the activity’s commercial potential.