PH to send 22 farmers to Papua New Guinea to do farming demo

PH to send 22 farmers to Papua New Guinea to do farming demo

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will send 22 farmers to Papua New Guinea next month.

MANILA, Philippines —The Department of Agriculture (DA) will send 22 farmers to Papua New Guinea next month.

According to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, the farmers will help develop the 100-hectare rice demonstration farm in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

The farmers are from Ilocos and Iloilo. They will earn P25,000 monthly from the private firm that hired them.

On the 7th of March, Secretary Piñol is set to fly to Papua New Guinea to discuss an agreement that will allow Filipino businessmen to grow rice there.

The rice supply that would exceed the needs of Papua New Guinea can be purchased by the Philippines or be sold to other countries.

Papua New Guinea has 46 million hectares of land that can be used for rice production.

However, the country has a population of only 8 million.

The DA said the Philippines should search for other countries to source food from especially now that its population is growing. — UNTV News & Rescue

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