17 Oct 2006

Calls for PNG's government not to impose restrictions on developing bio-diesel

11:47 am on 17 October 2006

Many provincial governors in Papua New Guinea don't want the government to impose any restrictions on any industry or companies taking initiatives to turn natural oil including coconut oil into bio-diesel products.

At a governor's conference, many expressed concern about the rising cost of fuel in Papua New Guinea and the cost of diesel fuel.

The Post Courier reports they want to see cheaper alternatives found to bring relief to rural people, who depend heavily on fuel to bring their produce to the markets.

Coconut is the oldest export tree crop in PNG and has been fostering economic development in the coastal provinces of the country since the 1950s.