FPDA General Manager Calls for Team Work

January 19, 2021 - 336 views

Team work is critical to produce results says Mr. Mark Worinu General Manager of Fresh Produce Development Agency.

He said this during the recent planning workshop for the Market for Village Farmers project (MVF) in Goroka, EHP.

Mr. Worinu strongly emphasize that year 2021 is an important year for the project implementation, as he urged both the staff of FPDA, MVF and other stakeholders to work hard, and deliver much needed services to the farming communities who will benefit from the intervention.

The workshop was attended by representatives from Project Coordination Unit under National Department of Agriculture & Livestock (NDAL), International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), Centre for Financial Inclusion (CEFI), FPDA and MVF.

Mr. Robert Lutulele, Project Manager for MVF said this planning workshop is very important to understand the systems and process on how this project will be coordinated and implemented this year and going forward.

“Unpacking key activities against set targets in the Annual Work Plan and Budget (AWP&B) and who does what, when and how is critical to deliver results on time and within budget, “ he said.

Engagement of different stakeholders will strengthen the coordination and implementation of the project in the target provinces.

A key partner in moving MVF intervention going forward to achieve its objective is Centre for Excellence in Financial Inclusion (CEFI).

The Special Project Manager for CEFI Mr. Busa Wenogo on behalf of Bank of PNG, acknowledge National Department of Agriculture and Livestock and FPDA in engaging them to conduct financial inclusion activities to empower the target farmers to do farming as business ultimately improving their livelihoods.

Ms. Rufina Peter from International Fund for Agriculture Development or IFAD said forging linkage between large, medium, small and micro partners through the Public, Private, Producer Partnerships (4Ps) is important strategy to drive social and economic empowerment of the target farmers along the fresh produce and galip nut value chain systems.

The target provinces under MVF interventions are Western Highlands, Jiwaka, Simbu, Eastern Highlands, Morobe for Fresh Produce partnerships and East New Britain province for Galip nut partnerships.

The implementation for the first call is expected to be implemented in March or April targeting 8 partnerships, and 5000 farming households. 

The Market for Village Farmers – Maket Bilong Vilis Fama (MVF) is a Government of PNG project financed by IFAD, executed by National Department of Agriculture & Livestock, and implemented by Fresh Produce Development Agency (FPDA).

The Project Development Objective is to achieve sustainable and increased returns to village farming households from market-oriented production.


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