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Government releases $191,000 for food, supplies

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, September 30, 2009) – The National Government through the National Disaster Centre has responded positively to the food shortage problems on the Trobriand Islands.

Kiriwina Goodenough MP Jack Cameron has released K10, 000 [US$3, 800] for food supplies and the national Government has released nearly half a million kina [US$191,000] for relief supplies and purchaseof yam and food crops seedlings for the affected communities identified by the Losuia district office.

On the ground, the Kiriwina LLG officers comprising of the LLG area manager, RDO, police and health officers have been deployed to do a rapid assessment of the communities reported to have experienced food shortage.

They also observed what was sold and bought at the local markets.

The officers will also conduct awareness on the drought predicted for 2012 and urge the people to prepare by way of rekindling their traditional croping cycles.

Updates of the population for those areas most critically affected are being updated by the Losuia District officers.

Christian Community & Council, (CCC) comprising church lead-ers, village elders and ward councillors, have been formed with its main objective to involve everybody for a self-reliance drive for food security.

Every Friday is now devoted to the community helping families on food security.

Full attention will be given to gardening, with no other activities allowed on that day.

The Milne Bay Provincial Disaster Committee will be supporting the National Disaster Committee through the National Disaster Centre.

Two officers from Milne Bay provincial administration will be involved as part of the national disaster centre-led team to co-ordinate relief supplies to the Trobriand Islanders.

Apart from the Trobriand Islands, the outer Woodlark Isl-ands including Egom, Yanabwa, Nasikwabu, Budibudi and Boagisa have been facing food shortages.

The Provincial Disaster Com-mittee through its provincial centre will assess the situation on those islands and give help where it is needed.

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