Ambogono Ekeak (L) gives the rice to OTDF Regional Development Officer Veao Nami (R). Looking on is Trust Administrator and OTDF CEO

Amidst the hot and humid climate along the West bank villages of the Alice (Ok Tedi) River of Western Province, rice grows in abundance.

Ambaga Village Planning Committee (VPC) Chairman Caleb Konmop, said his community members are hardworking people with a lot of land available to farm, but need technical support to improve  rice production.

He showcased the rice harvest of a villager during a recent infrastructure launch on Friday 19 April, to development partners who were present to witness the event.

He introduced Ambogono Ekeak a young man who started planting rice in 2021.

Ambogono is a strong and energetic man who provides for his family through upland rice farming and subsistence gardening.

He has been seeking assistance from public and private development partners to help provide technical advice and equipment.

“I plant rice with the resources I have and harvest rice for family consumption, I can only mill a certain portion using an improvised hand mill made from wood, but would rather have a milling machine to mill more rice to feed my family and sell the surplus.”

Ambogono presented 7 kilograms of rice from a recent harvest to Ok Tedi Development Foundation (OTDF) Regional Development Coordinator for North Fly, Mr Veao Nami, as a token of appreciation and to show that Ambaga villagers can grow rice.

“We would benefit more from a rice mill, proper tools and equipment, and technical agriculture field support. I can’t do this on my own, I need support. This is my need. “We also need proper factories and market access for our vanilla, eaglewood and other commodities grown in the district,” he said.

Ambogono said more could be done for the Community Mine Continuation Agreement (CMCA) villages in Western Province, who were highly dependent on the mine.

OTDF made a commitment to support Mr. Ambogono and rice farmers of Ambaga and surrounding communities under its food security program.


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