9 May 2014

Call for PNG to develop agriculture

9:15 am on 9 May 2014

A Papua New Guinea agriculture official says proceeds from the country's LNG gas project and other big resource developments should be invested in agriculture.

cocoa tree in Papua New Guinea

cocoa tree in Papua New Guinea Photo: RNZ

Ofara Petilani, the Research and Development Coordinator of the National Agricultural Research Institute's Islands Regional Centre, says agriculture remains the source of sustainable livelihoods for the vast majority of Papua New Guineans.

Mr Petilani says as such governments should direct more resources to capitalise on the country's agriculture potential.

But he says the national focus tends more towards mining and petroleum projects which are not sustainable industries.

"Gold, oil and all these others like gas, all those are non-renewable resources. Tomorrow they will go but we can see from past experiences like gold mines in the country, when the miners left, what happened to them, people resorted back to agriculture."

Ofara Petilani