Caption: Kundiawa-Gembolg MP Willam Onglo presenting the dummy cheque of K1million to FPDA CEO Mark WORINU while officials are witnessing.
Kundiawa-Gembolg District in Simbu Province is focused on developing the fruit and vegetable industry in the district.
This was evident when its local MP, Hon. William Gogl Onglo presented a cheque of K500,000 to the Fresh Produce Development Agency Limited (FPDA) at its head office in Goroka recently as part of its commitment to invest K1million of its DSIP funds in this term of parliament to develop the fresh produce industry in the district.
The Kundiawa-Gembolg MP said that his vision was to see his people progress economically and improve their livelihoods, and agriculture presents a great potential to be further developed with help from partners.
“As much as I would like to improve other service sectors in the district, I see that agriculture holds promise for my people, and so I want to focus on it so that my people can be leveraged from where they are and improve their living standards,” he said.
The MP said that he was convinced with the work FPDA has been doing in his district over the years particularly introducing the bulb onion in the area which helped his people to generate income for themselves, and he would like to see more to be done for his people.
“I would like to see FPDA plays a leading role in building capacity of the communities and develop the horticulture industry as they have the capacity and industry knowledge,” he said.
FPDA chief executive officer Mark Worinu thanked the MP for demonstrating confidence in FPDA with the funding support and assured the MP that FPDA would work very closely with his office and district administration to develop the fruit and vegetable industry in the district, at the same time building capacity of the farming communities.
Mr Worinu also stated that FPDA has rolled out its partnership program with the districts and provincial governments in the country, and the MOU with Kundiawa-Gembolg only reinforces and adds value to what has been done so far for in the district.
“The footprint of FPDA’s work in the district is evident in seeing high volume of bulb onion coming out from the area, and we have been doing it without support from the district administration or provincial government.
“And now that we have such support, I want to assure that a lot more will be done. I want us to work as a team to ensure that positive results are achieved for the district,” he said.