BY GORETHY KENNETH of Post-Courier
Annually the government is spending K600million to import rice.
The government plans to cut the import of rice despite an increase of 5 percent annually in consumption.
IT will take at least five years for Papua New Guinea to start producing and exporting its own rice and for the eight million people to consume.
Agriculture Minister Benny Allen in his response to Menyamya MP Thomas Pelika said there are at least five companies that are in the process of producing rice locally – one of which is Naime Rice.
Minister Allen was taken to task by Mr Pelika during Question Time in Parliament about the Government’s plans to have rice grown locally and help with job creation for provinces like Menyamya.