PNG APPROVES KOREAN CASSAVA PLANTATION

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By Christine Banian

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Aug. 1) - The Papua New Guinea Cabinet last week approved a proposal for the creation of a cassava plantation in either Central or New Ireland province.

A Korean company has put forward the proposal to set up the cassava plantation.

Trade and Industry Minister Paul Tiensten told Parliament it is now up to the developer to decide where to set up the plantation.

Mr Tiensten was responding to Kavieng MP Martin Aini question if the project has been approved by the National Executive Council and whether the delay in getting that done has forced the developer to abandon the project.

Mr Tiensten pointed out that the project has been around for a long time because the relevant departments have been slow.

He said for the project to become a reality it would require 25,000 or more hectares of land.

Central province is willing to make available only 6,000 hectares of land while New Ireland can provide up to 25,000 hectares.

Mr Tiensten said it was up to the developer to decide.

"As the minister responsible for downstream processing, I’m supporting the project," he said.

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