Until a few years ago, the Talum High Altitude Research Station in Enga province was fully operational drawing scientists from all over the country to the province.
|Carrots produced in Enga|
The Enga province has been working hard to shake off that image and bring in new economic investment. The Provincial Administrator, Dr. Samson Amean admits tribal fighting remains an ongoing problem but points out that change is happening.
|Dr. Samson Amean – Provincial Administrator|
|Sandis Tsaka – Deputy Provincial Administrator|
In the provincial capital of Wabag, they were introduced to members of the Provincial Executive Council (PEC). While a seemingly insignificant, the PEC is made up of clan leaders who have considerable influence over the some of the clans who involved in the tribal fights. They’ve also come to understand the importance of high level foreign investment coupled with a 50 percent provincial government investment which they own through political representation.
|Sir Peter Ipatas – Enga Governor|
|Member of the farming communities who will benefit from the project|
Unlike neighboring Western Highlands, the availability of good agricultural land is limited. The focus of this project is to use the technology and skills brought by the Israelis to produce high yielding crops that can be exported.
who currently compete with the food production volume coming out of the neighboring Western Highlands. This arrangement eliminates the freight and cost burden faced by individual farmers.