Santos partnership is key to helping local communities
PNG Mining and Petroleum Hospitality Services, PNG’s successful landowner restoration business, has partnered with Santos and the Fresh Produce Development Agency to continue improving livelihoods through sustainable agricultural business opportunities .
The PNGMPHS will help train communities in the Moran and Kutubu regions of the Southern Highlands Province on different skills and methods of growing vegetables and fruits, including quality control, harvesting, packaging and processing. marketing.
Santos Executive Vice President and PNG Co-Director Leon Buskens said the innovative project builds on existing agricultural programs, aimed at alleviating the lack of fresh fruit and vegetable value chain within communities in areas. impact of the Santos project.
“Communities have shown great interest in the initiative due to the number of farmer registrations. We now look forward to the next phase which includes the construction of model farms in the identified communities of Moran and Kutubu,” he said.
Mr. Buskens said Santos is committed to creating positive, long-term impacts in the communities where they live and work, and they thank the FPDA and PNGMPHS for their commitment and valuable support that will help build economic resilience. , food security and improve nutrition in communities.
Santos has invested over K3 million in the sustainable commercial agriculture project which is accelerating as COVID restrictions ease. FPDA is committed to and will abide by the partnership agreement.
Since January of this year, the FPDA project team along with the company’s sustainability and community affairs departments have traveled to Moran communities to raise awareness and register those interested.