AGRICULTURE

From Vision to Reality: Sustainable Modernization of Agriculture and Rural Transformation

The Sepik Chicken, Grain & Cocoa Innovation Project in the Sepik Plains, Yangoru Saussia District is on target to deliver over six of its core missions of: Producing good quality chicken products at cheaper affordable prices; Improving the nutrition and well-being of our people; Increase in cocoa production, downstream processing and better quality and prices for farmers; Providing income-generation opportunities for rural communities; Creating long-term job opportunities for the local people; and Delivering improved livings standards for the people because…

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Yangoru Saussia District Creating History With Pioneer School of Excellence

The Yangoru Saussia District will pioneer the country’s first District Secondary School of Excellence concept commencing in the 2020 academic year.  The District School of Excellence concept is an initiative aligned to the National Government’s policy of quality education and academic excellence. The concept is the brainchild of the former Minister for National Planning & Monitoring and Member for Yangoru Saussia Hon. Richard Maru. Under the concept, which we are piloting at Yangoru Secondary School, the top 5% Grade 10…

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Tears and Sweat Pays Off: The Japaraka Primary School Investment

It’s an easy mistake! To sit back and complain that the Government’s Tuition-Fee-Free (TFF) is a political gimmick that resulted in over-crowding in schools, drop in education quality and insufficient education infrastructure. Yes, I understand these are some of the many challenges.  The challenges are the reasons why we have leaders.  Find the opportunities in the challenges.  Create solutions! The classroom and teacher house at Japaraka Primary School, funded by YSDDA (K100,000) Every Papua New Guinean citizen, Districts and communities…

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Bugusu Primary School Gets its First Ever TFF After 7 Years

Shared-Dream, Determination, Patience, Endurance & Sacrifice! On my way to the new Wingei High School 25/09/19, I stopped at the Bugusu Primary School to tell the teachers the good news that the school is finally registered and their first ever TFF funds of K10,500.00 has been paid. The school is amongst the 11 new schools we finally fast-tracked their registration in the last 3 – 6 months after struggling for 6 – 7 years.  Bugusu Primary School is now a…

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Community Determination and Enthusiasm Drives the Construction of the New Wingei High School

I’ve never seen a community more determined, focused and enthusiastically driven about education for their children than that of the Wingei people in the West Yangoru LLG. They freely gave up a large portion of their land for the establishment of their very first High School.  They are determined to take care of their school and make it the best in the District in terms of management, care and academic excellence. The land given is so big that we already…

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Abolishing TFF Will Kill Our Children’s Future

I will not support any government who want to abolish the Tuition Fee Free (TFF) education policy.I am extremely proud of the former PNC-led Government’s policy of making primary and secondary education affordable and accessible for every child in Papua New Guinea. A child’s right to education is a basic human right that must never be denied for any other conveniences. Affordability and Accessibility The PNC-led Government’s TFF policy has delivered on its intent of making primary and secondary education…

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Very High Demand for Water in Yangoru Saussia District

The very high demand for WASH in rural village communities, and our education institutions and service centres in our YS District has placed significant stress on our limited resources to meet the ever increasing demand for WASH services. Contribution by Partners Since my election in 2012 we have delivered WASH services to the following villages in partnership with the our partners OXFAM and Water Aid and our development partners. Under our partnership agreements with both our WASH NGO’s the local…

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Transformative Chicken & Grain Project Taking Shape

It’s Not a Myth! Construction work is progressing very well on the Sepik Chicken & Grain Project.  Roofing now up on five (5) of the ten (10) sheds as can be seen in the picture below.  Roofing for the other remaining 5 will start next week. How will this project transform the District as well as the Province and the country? (1)  The project will produce niaka (chicken and eggs ) which will meet the chicken requirements for East and…

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The Kings & Queens of Cocoa

It’s an Easy Mistake! To beat our chests and run virtual popularity contests to determine who is the king of cocoa in East Sepik. It’s easy to string together stingy fallacious words for defamatory publications against leaders when so-called researchers and think-tanks fail in their research to establish facts. The truth is! The men and women of Yangoru Saussia District are the kings and queens of Sepik Cocoa.  This is the official statistics from The Cocoa Board of Papua New…

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