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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (September 3, 2001 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---Papua New Guinea Agriculture and Livestock Secretary Utula Samana has launched an urban agriculture program for Port Moresby and the National Capital District.

Speaking at a field day to mark introduction of the project, Mr. Samana urged unemployed youths in particular to be actively involved.

He said: "In PNG nobody can be unemployed. Nobody has any excuse to say that you are unemployed. We have abundant land. We have plenty of opportunities. It is up to you to utilize the land for farming and improve your lifestyle."

Mr. Samana said PNG could increase its production of coffee, rubber, livestock, and rice and other food crops.

He expressed concern at the rapid population growth of 3.1 percent annually as compared to the agriculture sector growth of 1.6 percent.

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