Wesley supports expert’s comments

The National,Friday June 24th, 2016

Member for Samarai-Murua Gordon Wesley has supported comments made by an agriculture expert that Milne Bay was among other provinces facing a food shortage.
Dr Mike Bourke of the Australian National University highlighted the situation in some parts of the country during a disaster workshop in Port Moresby this week.
“Bourke’s assessment on food security issues on most atoll communities is true because Government agencies are too slow to act,” he said.
Wesley agreed that the recent El-Niño drought may be over with rain being experienced but crops would certainly take time to yield.
He said many island communities in the Samarai-Murua electorate were still facing food problems.
“My people endured two natural disasters. Cyclone Ita in 2014 and the drought last year which still continues,” he said.
Wesley said during that period of suffering, no government agencies went to their rescue while they were without a representative in parliament at that time.
“Now that I have been re-elected, I am going to work twice as hard to seek assistance from the Government to alleviate the suffering of my people,” he said.