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28 February 2013


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Martyn Namorong is doing a fine job out there. He is educational and knowledgeable and is exposing Papua New Guinea to a wider world.

Sharing of knowledge is a good thing to do. By doing such, you are not only educating and informing others but you are also learning and getting information from the feedback.

Martyn is sharing and informing others of what he knows as a journalist and what he has learnt and experienced of online media.

So I am taking the time to thank Martyn for a wonderful job.

Martyn Namorong is doing a very fine job. More media reporters like him are needed. People who will stop at nothing to be heard.

He has shed light on this growing issue of corruption in the country that many other reporters are maybe afraid to look further into.

Keep up the good work, Martyn.

I think Martyn Namorong is doing a fine job out there, and thats what other media reporters should see and follow. Thanks Martyn, keep up the good work.

Martyn is doing a fine job.

We need more Martyn Namorongs in PNG.

Martyn continues his good work. Righteous.

Martyn, if you don't already have it, a good book to download is 'Food and Agriculture in PNG. It's free from the ANU Press.

The first chapter 'Twenty myths about Papua New Guinea agriculture' provides some confronting arguments.

It may be that agriculture as the 'saviour' of PNG's rural community is overrated. That argument was the SABL lulluby.

That doesn't mean agriculture is not a serious contributor, but the agenda are not being addressed properly.

I'll be honest, if the entire agriculture support sector dropped dead tomorrow, village farmers would still be selling produce at local markets.

Coffee would still get to market and livestock products would still be available for daily consumption or sale.

The 'agricultural development agenda' are not a mystery. Even the government plans are pretty good and I hate to say it but the NADP was generally a good idea.

(What went wrong? 'Search me O Lord', I'd like to say what I think, but I might not be let back in to the country.)

How about this idea instead 'urban settlements and increased small business and employment are the pull factor for growing markets where local farmers sell produce'.

The questions then are what sort of local industry is available/appropriate, how do we encourage small business developments around this and what investment and credit access is needed to encourage natural growth of business and employment?

Ask an economist, or Julia. Me, I'm just an assistant pig keeper.

More power to you Martyn!

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