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PNG Biomass stakeholders and local landholder groups were very pleased today to welcome The Minister for Agriculture & Livestoc-Hon. AssikTommy Tomscoll MP (Member for Middle Ramu Open), to Ganef community nursery and biomass capacity building centre.

The midday visit saw The Minister, the Department Secretary (Dr. Vele Pat Ila’ava) and delegation welcomed to the centre by nursery staff and representatives from joint-venture partners Aligned Energy Limited and Oil Search Limited, as an opportunity for the visitors to see PNG Biomass plantations demonstrate the prospect of fuel production occurring simultaneously with economically viable agriculture ventures.

Addressing the assembly, The Minister expressed his strong desire to see the continuation of direct-collaboration between landowner groups and commercial entities in the Markham Valley. He went on to articulate his satisfaction in seeing first-hand, the real potential-benefits for project investment to have the capacity to “generate around of 1000 jobs directly for the Markham”.

Local landowner, Sam Meyab of Orogwangin clan, spoke of an overwhelmingly positive community sentiment towards the project. His message was clear: communities in the Markham Valley are pleased to see corporations bringing technical expertise and capital investments to enable communities to bring about development. He also touched upon the benefits of direct-marketing to landowners in decreasing the significance of “middle-men” in supply-chains.

It is hoped by many that this visit will lead to better interaction between public and private parties holding an interest in the success of the PNG Biomass Power Project.

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