PH pursues long-term rice production ties with Papua New Guinea
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said the Philippine government will set up a rice model farm in Papua New Guinea (PNG), which forms part of a possible long-term partnership in rice production between the two countries.
Piñol said that the Philippines and PNG are now exploring ways on how to increase both countries’ rice production.
According to him, one of the possibilities is that Filipino farmers will be sent to PNG to plant rice in the foreign country’s vast agricultural lands that remained untapped.
This will be initiated through a plan to establish a rice model farm in PNG.
To get the plan started, Piñol earlier introduced PNG Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Minister Benny Allan to International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Deputy Director General Bruce Tolentino.
Piñol particularly asked IRRI to set up a satellite office in PNG and recommended to the PNG government to set-up an office which will serve as the sole administrator for buying rice from local farmers and its price control.