Shop opts for local produce

The National,Tuesday June 28th, 2016

 By Alphonse Porau
A SUPERMARKET in Port Moresby has shifted away from importing items to make use of local products more.
RH Hypermarket production manager Stephen Ellis said the hypermarket stall at the Vision City Mega Mall trade expo would display mostly local food products to support local farmers.
Ellis said “the big emphasis is on the support of local agriculture”. As you can see, we are starting to use  Ramu beef which will be coming in the store in the next week or so. So that means that we won’t be importing beef,” he said.
“We are bringing in fresh fruits and vegetables from Mt Hagen. We are setting up to bring in fruit and vegetables from Lae too. And will also be doing Boroma pork as well.”
Ellis said they were supporting more jobs by buying local products and spending in the country.
“When importing fruits and vegetables, the supermarket is spending money offshore.
“The money is not staying in PNG,” he said.
“So we are trying to keep that as much in PNG as possible, and help support employment and agriculture.”