The Bou Resources Development Cooperative Society Limited recently concluded a 3 day workshop on a Cocoa Training Program at their Resources & Incubation Centre, located an estimated 40 minutes outside of Alotau Town, Milne Bay Province.
“This 3 Day Training Program was basically an Introduction to Nursery, Integrated Pest and Disease Management, Cocoa Quality Processing, IPDM & Cocoa Quality,” said Bou Resources Development Cooperative Society (BRDCSL) Founding Chairman Mr. Noah Taugaloidi.
The Workshop was conducted by the Cocoa Board PNG & the Provincial Department of Agriculture & Livestock and facilitated by Mr. Abisai Samuel the Cash Crop Advisor with the Provincial Department of Agriculture & Livestock & Jnr Robert Dinotri, the Extension Liaison Officer with Cocoa Board PNG.
“This Workshop was open to whoever was interested. We try our best to encourage more women to participate also,” Mr. Noah Taugaloidi said.
Having received their first cocoa drier last year, BRDCSL thought this Cocoa Training Workshop was fitting for the locals in and around the Bou Ward area, not just for established cocoa farmers but also for others hoping to get into cocoa farming.
With elections this year and the formation of the next new government fast approaching, Noah of BRDCSL believes a lot more development of the rural agriculture sector is set to take place and people need to come together to prepare themselves for these changes.
“A lot of opportunities will be coming about. We need to be preparing for the onslaught of rural development. And this training is part of our efforts to align ourselves to meet the new government half way. This is our core intent going forward.”
Bou Resources Development Cooperative Society Limited, will be turning 3 years old, come next week Monday (23/05/2022), having started off with just 126 members in 2019 to a cooperative society with more than 400 members and they recently signed an agreement with the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, to develop and improve agriculture in the area.