PNG PROVINCE GETS CANOE FOR CROCODILE HUNTING

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, May 26) – A Sepik canoe measuring 8.5 meters in length and 80 centimeters in width was completed last week at the Organisation Industrial Spiritual Cultural Advancement Training Institution in Papua New Guinea’s East New Britain Province.

The canoe will be used for crocodile hunting in the Pomio District.

The 10 men who constructed the canoe were brought in from the Sepik area to assist in training students in crocodile hunting. The aim of the training is to extend the crocodile farm at the institution and hunt adult crocodiles for breeding.

Forestry and wildlife instructor at the institution Rudy Sohomben said the canoe would be an advantage to get more crocodiles for the farm, as sellers do not come all the time.

Mr Sohomben said in order to keep up with the market, it was better to capture the crocodiles themselves. He said buying baby crocodiles from Kavieng, Suluka and Pomio was an expensive exercise.

Mr Sohomben said extending the farm would boost the sale of crocodile skins, as the demand is high at the moment.

May 26, 2005

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