A tenfold increase in production shows the way forward for fresh produce from Papua New Guinea’s Highlands

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Working with local farmers to get the fundamentals right has led to massive production increases for fresh produce business Hilans Fres in Papua New Guinea’s Western Highlands Province. Advisor Paul Browne explains how it’s been achieved.

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Western Highlands Province: Papua New Guinea Business Guide

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Western Highlands Province’s capital Mount Hagen is the third-largest city in Papua New Guinea, but it has a rural appearance, with its grass huts and terraced gardens where kaukau and other fruit and vegetables are grown in the Wahgi Valley. The people have a reputation for being industrious, goal-oriented and thrifty and they have been significant players in some key industries in PNG, notably: trucking, vehicle hire, taxis and buses, and agriculture. 

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Mount Hagen business leaders outline potential for Papua New Guinea’s agricultural hub

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Last August, the O’Neill government announced a policy to create an agricultural ‘hub’ around Mount Hagen in Papua New Guinea’s Western Highlands Province. Business Advantage PNG asked business leaders and analysts what was needed for the region to achieve its potential.