Prime Minister Honourable Sitiveni Rabuka and his delegation visited one of Papua New Guinea’s most advanced farms, the Innovative Agriculture (Agro) Industry Ltd on Saturday (20 May).
Established in 2011, the company has been involved in a wide range of activities such as farming, greenhouse, poultry, juice processing and dairy.
While briefing the Prime Minister and his delegation, Innovative Agriculture (Agro) Industry Executive Director Mr Ilan Weiss, said their projects “have provided more than 1,000 job opportunities to Papua New Guineans, including university graduates.
The Fiji delegation started their tour at the company’s dairy farm where they witnessed first-hand the various stages of procuding milk and other diary products.
Mr Weiss informed the Prime Minister that they have 400 milking cows that produce about 12,000 litres of milk daily.
The company’s projects adopts Israeli knowledge and expertise which enhances production capabilities and profitability.
The delegation also visited the company’s juice processing facility and the organic farm which grows vegetables and cash crops such as potatoes, fruits, cocoa and sweet potatoes.
“Our projects further engage hundreds of small scale farmers that supply our Agro Industrial Centres (AIC), turning subsistence farmers into cash cropping farmers,” Mr Weiss explained.
“At the moment, we are just supplying our products locally to meet the market demand. There are plans to diversify into other income-generating projects and also to export to overseas markets.”
Prime Minister Rabuka was impressed with the company projects, saying Fiji “is open to knowldge-sharing to further improve its agriculture sector”.
He thanked the company management for the informative tour and also extended an invitation to them to visit Fiji.