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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Jan. 4) - Papua New Guinea has the potential to be more successful in vanilla farming with the right information on the cultivation and curing process.

Papua New Guinea Spices Industry board chairman John Knuttson said this at a certificate presentation ceremony to vanilla growers at Samberigi station, Gobe oil project site in the Southern Highlands Province.

Knuttson applauded Civpac Engineering Company executive chairman Augustine Mano for taking the positive direction in funding the vanilla cuttings for planting and also for training purposes.

He said in times when the country faced financial problems, the landowners from Gobe oil project area were heading in the right direction and he appealed to other landowners from the mining areas to seriously consider taking on agricultural activities.

During the certificate presentation, a total of 10,000 vanilla cuttings worth K30,000 (US$9,540) were distributed evenly to 17 villages.

The training saw 157 participants including 25 females, awarded with certificates of achievement after completing a one-week vanilla husbandry-training course.

The course was conducted by Highlands Vanilla Project who is engaged by the PNG Spices Industry Board as the training service provider in the country.

Highlands Vanilla Project has conducted 47 courses in the country including at the Lihir mining site in New Irelands Province and it is looking forward to training more farmers in the country.

January 5, 2005

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