21 Sep 2009

PNG's Trobriands report poor harvest

3:16 pm on 21 September 2009

People living on the Trobriand Islands off the Papua New Guinea mainland are short of food after a poor harvest.

The Post Courier newspaper reports many villages on the main island of Kiriwina report a shortage of gardening land has led to a bad harvest.

It reports that subsistence farming, the main source of food supply for the islanders, has become unreliable because people have been using the same plots of land for their gardens, resulting in a very poor harvest this year.

A senior public servant, who has returned from the island, told the paper that there is a serious shortage of basic food, especially the main staples, yams and taro.