Poor roads block PNG produce

1:28 pm on 26 January 2018

The head of a food market network in Papua New Guinea says the country's poor roads are leading to a shocking amount of wasted fresh food from local farmers.

Fresh produce at market, Papua New Guinea.

Fresh produce at market, Papua New Guinea. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

NKW Fresh Produce General Manager, David Stewart, said farmers were facing difficulties bringing their produce to markets as road conditions were bad.

He said PNG was one of the birthplaces of agriculture but the inefficient transport network and lack of local markets meant farmers' efforts were being wasted.

The National reported Mr Stewart was calling for tariffs on imported produce to give local farmers a level playing field.

NKW Fresh Produce is expanding its outlets throughout PNG and has depots in Lae, Mumeng and Wau in Morobe, and Kainantu in Eastern Highlands.