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Papua New Guinea to review fruit and vegetables import ban

Staff writer |
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, said that a review will soon be conducted regarding the import ban placed on various fruits and vegetables.

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“I have been briefed by the Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Tommy Tomscoll, on the status of the import ban on fruits and vegetables.

“Given the debate surrounding the ban, he has informed me that he will be making an announcement for a review of the ban in the next few days This approach is taken, so that we can monitor and manage the import of fruits and vegetables.”

He said the ban is not to completely ban the import of all fruits and vegetables but to safeguard country's bio security.

“We want to encourage Papua New Guineans to grow vegetable. We cannot continue to import these fruits and vegetables, when they can be grown in the country,” he said.

“Importers must work closely with our local farmers to ensure there is consistency in the supply of fruits and vegetables to their supermarkets.”

It is too early to predict the outcome of the review but it expected to be beneficial to all stakeholders.

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