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Filipino’s on their way to claim 1 million hectares

PNG’s Agriculture Minister Benny Allan and Philippine’s Agriculture Secretary, Pinol

Media in the Philippines is reporting – see below – their Agriculture Secretary is in Port Moresby this week to sign a deal with the PNG government allowing Filipino farmers to plant rice on 1 million hectares of land. Is nobody concerned about this huge land grab and the influx of foreign workers?

Papua New Guinea rice-planting deal expected this week

Source: Business World

THE Philippines will sign this week an agricultural agreement allowing Filipino companies to expand their rice planting operations in Papua New Guinea.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he will be flying to Papua New Guinea on Wednesday to finalize the deal, which will also include further cooperation in the tuna fishing industry.

“Our interest in Papua New Guinea also includes tuna fishing. We have five canneries owned by Filipinos in Papua New Guinea and we have long been dealing with them,” he told reporters Monday.

He said rice planting in Papua New Guinea helps address the issue of limited area for rice planting in the Philippines, as well as demand from the growing population.

The government-to-government agreement involves projected output of 8 million metric tons on an area of about 1 million hectares within five years. Some of the output will be sold to meet Papua New Guinea domestic demand while the remainder will be purchased by the National Food Authority.

The deal also involves a 100-hectare model farm for use by Filipino companies such as SL Agritech Corp., a producer of hybrid rice seed.

“We are encouraging private companies to invest there so that instead of importing from Thailand or Vietnam, our Filipino companies can invest there instead,” Mr. Piñol said.

  1. Kanax Kanarepa
    March 7, 2018 at 9:38 am

    So what is really wrong here! Phillippino’s seem bit honest than other Asians. Let us see if this is part of land grabbing or a real business deal without tax free and other nonsense conditions like the Indonesians proposal brought up by Dr. Puka Temu and tribe!

  2. Joseph Abaka
    March 7, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Another Land Grabbing by the National Government of PNG. Whose land will this rice project be used by? Are the landowners aware of this? I hope this is not one of the SABL which is already outlawed. This government under PM PO is the most corrupt of all previous governments. When will PO be arrested and interrogated for the Paraka case and many other implecations? Or is PO above the law. Please Lawyers I need some clarifications. Thank you.

  1. March 28, 2018 at 10:10 am

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