National Agriculture Summit Underway
Prime Minister, Peter O’Neil, opened the summit to indicate his Government’s commitment to really improve the sector.
The Summit was also attended by Government Ministers and Parliamentary Leaders.
In his Opening Remarks, Agriculture Minister, Benny Allan, said this summit gives the opportunity for the private investors both large and small to talk, and the Government to listen.
He said the Government has come up with policies for the Agriculture Sector, but has not sat down with the players to listen to them.
Referring to the theme of the Agriculture Summit of “Unlocking the Power of Agriculture for PNG”, Prime Minister, Peter O’Neil, reiterated its importance and reaffirms his government’s commitment in the sector as captured in the Alotau Accord.
“We’ve seen PNG’s Economy go into vast cycles for quite a while, largely because we over depend ourselves on one sector of the Economy (resources). And it has serve PNG well, but I think we’re too complaisant and we are not realising all the other potentials that we have in our country. Especially, when all the Commodity Prices of Oil and Gas goes down, our economy goes down.”
Representatives from all sectors of Agriculture packed the Lamana Conference Room to be part of this first ever organised National Agriculture Summit.
Presentations are based on each Agricultural Business and investment and the challenges they face including solutions to assist the Government improve the sector.
The conclusion of the summit will assist the Government through the Department of Agriculture, come up with a Medium Term Agriculture Development Plan.
The Summit will continue today(Monday) and will end on Wednesday afternoon.