By ELIAS LARI in Porgera
MORE than K90,000 worth of chicks and bags of stock feed have been delivered to the Porgera-Paiela people of Enga province to start a poultry project.
The pilot project aims to develop entrepreneurs in the province.
The funding was made available by the Porgera and Paiela Cooperative Society with the support of the Lagaip-Porgera Agriculture Cooperative Society.
The Porgera and Paiela Cooperative Society is one of the eight cooperative societies affiliated to the Lagaip-Porgera Agriculture Cooperative Society.
Lagaip-Porgera MP Philip Kikala gave K3 million to the society to fund affiliated societies in a bid to develop his electorate.
Twenty-two people in Porgera and Paiela received support to start poultry businesses.
The Porgera and Paiela Cooperative Society will help boost production, with chickens to be processed at the Laiagam factory.
Porgera Cooperative Society chairman Thomson Kulara said this was part of helping people in the village become involved in business activities.
 “It only needs concentration in order to achieve your dream. You have to set up your target and each day you must plan well. Commit your time and that is where you will succeed,” Kulara said.
Two days of training was conducted by the Porgera Joint Venture community planning and development officer Samuel Mandiu.
Volunteer Tipinini Kairik and law and order working committee coordinator Nickson Pakea said the aim was to get all stakeholders to work together.
He said the Porgera gold mining had only nine years of operation left and people in the area had to find ways and means of earning an income