The Alluvial Mining Sector in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has grown significantly under the Mineral Resources Authority’s (MRA) supervision and care to contribute over K600million per annum in export revenues.
MRA Acting Managing Director, Mr. Jerry Garry said the MRA run small scale mining college in Wau in the Morobe province, has trained and certified over 6, 000 artisanal miners since its establishment and he attributed the excellent growth of the sector to the efforts of the training college and its hardworking team.
“When you look at the statistics, they are contributing more significantly then some of the established industries we have in this country,” said Mr. Garry.
“The alluvial gold mine sector apparently put out less than K100million export revenue until MRA stepped in and brought the export revenue from the alluvial sector to K640million per annum.”
He said the sector has contributed more significantly to the country than some of the established industries in PNG. Mr. Garry also said that the success of the alluvial gold mining sector is one of the success stories of MRA since its establishment 15 years ago.