PNG TO PACKAGE THAI RICE FOR EXPORT TO AUSTRALIA

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Feb. 11, 2008) - In a remarkable breakthrough for Papua New Guinea manufacturing, Trukai Industries is now milling and packing rice in Lae to supply the Australasian market.

Over 1,000 tons of rice is being packed at the company's state-of-the art mill in Lae and exported to Australia, New Zealand and Solomon Islands.

Manufacturing services manager Steven Olds said raw material long-grain rice is imported from Thailand and packed into various sizes ranging from 500 grams and one, two, five and ten kilograms and shipped to distributor Sun Rice in Australia and New Zealand for sale.

Mr. Olds said exports to the Australasian market started in December last year. The opportunity came for the company after Australia shut down its irrigation taps following the onslaught of one of the worst droughts to hit the country, drying up water sources that were needed for rice cultivation.

Olds said the under taking has also created new jobs for the people of Lae.

Trukai's high tech manufacturing facility has been further upgraded to world-class food technology standard to meet the requirements for exports.

The multi-million Kina investment on the Lae rice mill now allows for 24 hours production to meet the demand for both local supply and now exports.

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