Destruction of PNG potato industry hits economy

Destruction of PNG potato industry hits economy

Destruction of PNG potato industry hits economy

Updated 19 December 2011, 15:26 AEDT

A fresh food supplier in Papua New Guinea says more than 300,000 potato farmers have been effected by a potato disease that swept the country five years ago.

The general manager of Alele Fresh Produce in Lae, Graeme Ross, says PNG's potato industry was once worth $US40 million to the local economy.

It is now struggling to stay alive after a deadly potato blight.

Mr Ross says 300,000 farmers have lost their livelihoods and this has had a flow-on effect to other industries, including food and the food services industry.