WHEN it comes to rice brands, Trukai Rice is synonymous with Papua New Guinea.
In the 1970s and early 1980s, Trukai Industries Limited was known as Rice Industries Pty Ltd or by its abbreviation, RIPL.
RIPL was a major producer and supplier of rice to consumers in PNG before and after independence. It was made up of rice growers from the Australian state of Queensland.
In 1982, casual employees of RIPL’s Lae depot were eating their lunch at the workers mess when they were approached by company secretary Brian Troy from Wapenamanda.