Grow PNG supports the development of smallholder economies in Papua New Guinea. Grow PNG continues its focus to provide a multi-stakeholder platform to connect smallholder farmers and markets, and this is done through developing value chain ecosystem of respective commodities from within its footprint of Markham Valley in Morobe Province. –
GROW PNG Ltd. SUPPORTS THE DEVELOPMENT OF SMALLHOLDER ECONOMIES IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA.
Grow PNG continues its focus to provide a multi-stakeholder platform to connect smallholder farmers and markets, and this is done through developing value chain ecosystem of respective commodities from within its footprint of Markham Valley in Morobe Province.
A Vegetable Value Chain with a Cool Storage Facility is being developed at Erap in the Markham Valley by PNG Women in Agriculture Development Foundation (PNGWiADF), and its partner, the Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL) Erap, and supported by DFAT under the Incentive Fund in response to COVID 19 in 2019.
PNGWiADF is a network of 135 registered groups, and 405 women lead farmer groups in almost 22 provinces including partnerships with many more entities. It also has a strong presence in Morobe and in particular Markham.
Grow PNG, as usual, supports the development of smallholder economies within the Markham Valley with the potential to scale, and this vegetable value chain development by WiADF, and partners is a great opportunity.
With the request and engagement of WiADF, Grow PNG brought in one of its many partners, Solar Solutions Limited on May 10, 2022, in an initial visit to observe and assess the Chillers, Water Supply system and Storage for the facility. They also supplied a demo Portable Tank product under their water and sanitation solutions that can be easily transported.
Solar Solution Limited branch in Lae, with headquarters in Port Moresby specialized in the distribution of user-friendly high-quality products in line with the international and regional development goals, around three priority areas: Energy, Water and Sanitation and Education.
Mrs Maria Linibi President for PNGWiADF who was on-site during the visit thanked Solar Solution Limited, and Grow PNG for the support, stating that once this facility is fully operational, it will help many more vegetable farmers within the Markham Valley to access markets.
Executive Director of Grow PNG John Simango also shared the same and assured WiADF of the continued support. He also assured Solar Solution Limited of Grow PNG’s continued support so their range of products reaches as many smallholder farming communities in the Markham Valley. He thanked Mr. Lazarus Kenni of Solar Solution Limited for sending his staff and making this happen.
Pictures shows, Solar Solution Limited demonstrating the installation of its demo Portable Tank product, as well as assessing possible solutions for the Chillers. The Solar Solution team comprises Ms Charity Sap and Lambert Asiri from Port Moresby Office, and Nick Siape from Lae office. Also, on-site are Mr John Simango Executive Director Grow PNG, Mr Steven Wanasi Project Manager Grow PNG, and Mrs Maria Linibi of WiADF and her team.