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A call for PNG to focus on jobs in agriculture instead of mining

A call for PNG to focus on jobs in agriculture instead of mining

Updated 16 October 2013, 10:19 AEDT

Non-government organisations in Papua New Guinea are calling on the government to put more emphasis on creating jobs in small scale agriculture rather than mining and energy.

The Bismark Ramu Group and Act Now say agriculture has the advantage of helping keep traditional culture strong.

Agriculture Minister, Tommy Tomscoll, has joined the chorus, with a warning that extractive industries have left PNG's agriculture sector near collapse.

John Chitoa, co-ordinator of the Bismark Ramu Group, says Minister Tomscoll is absolutely right to call for change.

Presenter: Jemima Garrett

Speaker: John Chitoa, co-ordinator of the Bismark Ramu Group

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