The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has highlighted the need for increaseed agricultural production so that Papua New Guineans can have better quality food and lower prices.
PM O’Neill made the comments while visiting Lagaip-Porgera District, in Enga Province, on Good Friday and dedicating the launch of Enga Agriculture Industrial Complex.
Speaking with thousands of people who came to the district, the Prime Minister said the Government will also continue to work with Provinces and Districts to improve education, and highlighted the dedication of Enga Governor, Sir Peter Ipatas MP, to his Province.
“The goal of our government is to keep promoting agriculture in our country, so that we can grow our own produce and feed more of our people with home-grown food.
“We will keep training our farmers, we will keep bringing investors with better food technology and we will grow more food in Papua New Guinea.
“Improving agriculture in our country is not about one tribe, or one province, it is about growing more food for all of Papua New Guinea.
“We must grow food so our people can be strong.”
The Prime Minister said alongside expanding agriculture, improving access to education will deliver better futures for the nation’s children.
“For the past five years, our Government, with the Provinces and Districts, has been placing more than an additional million children in our schools.
“We must never underestimate the power of education and what this means for our children. We are giving the opportunity to our children that they never had before.
“Over the next five years we will not only continue with free education, but we will build more schools and teachers colleges than at any time in the history of our Nation.
“We have been doing this for the past five years, and we will continue to do more.”
MP O’Neill made tribute to the commitment of Enga’s Governor, Sir Peter Ipatas, for delivering for his Province over the past two decades.
“Governor Peter Ipatas has been changing Enga Province for the past 20 years.
“For the first 15 years he did this without support, but for the past five years he has been delivering services in Partnership with the National Government.
“He has been providing education, and fixing classrooms and building new classrooms, he has been improving healthcare and delivering more electricity to Enga Province.
“We now have real stability in politics in Papua New Guinea, and we are delivering funding and resources direct to the Provinces and Districts of the Nation.
“You have my commitment that we will keep delivering these services together for the next term of Parliament.”