15 Nov 2005

Cocoa seedlings distributed in Papua New Guinea

9:32 am on 15 November 2005

The Cocoa Board of Papua New Guinea has given the Cocoa Coconut Institute US$166,000 for cocoa seed propagation.

The National newspaper reports the board's chairman Jimmy Simitab, as saying about 75,000 cocoa seedlings were being distributed weekly to cocoa growing provinces.

Meanwhile, West New Britain Governor Clement Nakmai has urged his people to make the province the next main cocoa producer in the New Guinea islands region after East New Britain.

He presented a policy paper on cocoa to the Agriculture Minister Mathew Siune during the minister's recent visit to West New Britain.

The policy paper outlined plans to revive old plantations and intensify rehabilitation programmes, in others.