POM’s potential ‘food basket’

Rigo District aims to become the food basket for the nation’s capital, Port Moresby.

Local member Lekwa Gure said the Central Province district will do this by capitalising on its agriculture sector.

Agriculture is one of the district’s potential sectors and with its headquarters – the Kwikila Township – an hour-and-a-half away from one of the country’s biggest markets, Port Moresby, presents numerous opportunities.

“That is the biggest opportunity we are trying to capitalise on and make Rigo District the food basket for the National Capital District,” said Gure.

The office of the member is now in dialogue with external stakeholders.

The district was recently visited by the ambassador of Israel to look at possible areas for investment.

Meanwhile, accessibility is a key focus area if agricultural boost is to be achieved.

This means upgrading, building and opening major bridges and roads within the district.

“The reason why we are putting a lot of emphasis on these roads and bridges, especially for Rigo Inland, is because they can grow a lot of agricultural products but don’t have the means to take their products to the markets,” stated Gure.

The Member confirmed important bridges and road links will be opened soon and is expected to connect the inland to the coast.


Carolyn Ure