Trukai helps Central farmer extend his rice farm


FARMER Dickson Oroni, from Tubuserea, Central, has received a village sustainability kit donated by Trukai Industries under its small holder rice development programme.
Oroni, from the Noutubuwa clan, has been a farmer for 20 years before Trukai stepped in to help with a kit to expand his rice farm.
“I would like to thank Trukai for supplying me with this kit which I will share with the community and other farmers where we can engage unemployed youths to work with us,” he said.
Oroni’s technical knowledge and understanding of modern technology in the farming industry was one of the reasons why Trukai decided to support him.
Trukai’s rice development manager Aina Davis urged the villagers to work with Trukai and the Government to set up local rice farms that would contribute to rice production in PNG.
“Indeed rice is a staple food for Papua New Guineans but it is not a staple crop,” Davis said.
“That is why Trukai has been doing a lot of work to promote local rice production.”
Trukai has been distributing kits to irrigation farmers since 2011 under its various rice development programmes.
It includes a solar rice mill, power tiller, manual seeders, knapsack, sickles and rice seedlings.