PNG SECONDARY SCHOOL TO OFFER AGRICULTURE

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The program would incorporate large tracts of unused land

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, February 11, 2009) – Plans are underway for the Bumayong Secondary School in Lae to recruit an agriculture officer to assist with self reliance agriculture projects in the school.

This was announced by the school’s governing council chairman Jacob Sawanga during the commissioning of the schools’ new mini combined rice harvester and rice miller and the launch of the School Learning Improvement Program (SLIP) at Bumayong Secondary yesterday.

Mr. Sawanga said that the school had much land lying idle and the governing council had decided to employ a full time agriculturalist to use the vast lands.

He assured the students and teachers that the governing council was fully supportive of such improvement projects at the school and was making inroads to fulfill that vision.

He said the agriculture officer would be specialised in many agricultural projects including food crops planting to subsidise the school’s mess and cut costs, initiate cash crops productions and generate internal revenue for the school.

It would also extend the livestock projects initiated by the school.

Meanwhile, the school principal Gisuwat Siniwin has indicated that there were plans to make use of the 85 hectares of land behind the school.

Mr. Siniwin said palm oil was one of the likely cash crops to be planted at the school.

He praised the dedication of students and the school’s agriculture department in trying to make use of the land by growing rice, which would be harvested next week, taro and also piggery and poultry projects.

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