29 Aug 2006

Small scale gold mining picks up in Bougainville, says newspaper

11:53 am on 29 August 2006

Business is booming in Papua New Guinea's province of Bougainville's so called restricted Panguna area, with many locals involved in alluvial gold mining.

The newspaper, The Post Courier, says people from Siwai and Nagovis in South Bougainville have now set up and made camp to mine for gold at the Jaba river on the Kieta Nagovis border.

With no cash crops available in that remote rugged terrain, people are now entirely dependent on the mine to survive.

Local gold buyers are frequenting the area to buy gold with hard cash.

The landowners have even formed a miners association.