White Bull Cattle Ranch Gets Help
The Wampar Local Government’s White Bull Cattle Ranch in the Gulf of Huon District, Morobe Province has received K 100,000 funding to reorganize its operations.
Livestock Development Corporation, in its drive to bring the industry back, signed a memorandum of understanding with White Bulll Cattle in December for a partnership.
This has now paved the way for the ranch’s participation in the government’s agricultural intervention program under LDCs.
A total of K 4 million has been allocated under LDCs to execute this intervention program in partnership with existing small livestock keepers and another K million has been specially allocated to support small livestock projects like goats. , sheep, pigs and poultry across PNG.
The Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Livestock, Daniel Kombuk, recently presented a 50,000K advance to White Bull Cattle owner Jonathan Joel.
The agreement will also require LCD to provide equipment, including technical support, training in breeding and general herd management, infrastructure support, design and installation of a crosslinking system. water and improvement of pastures and breeds.
White Bull Cattle will be required to provide 20 percent of all new ranch droppings to be donated to LDC from 2021 as reimbursement for the capital injection by LDC, branded calves destined for LDC with the “LDC” brand, allow LDC to take inventory in the presence of WBC staff, conduct research and field trials in beef production in the interest of the State and make local staff available for upgrading and Capacity Building
The WBC Ranch was established on a 1,200 ha property in the 1970s and is located approximately 45 km northwest of Lae along the Highlands Highway and is within 20 km of the Erap Cattle Ranch owned at LDC.
He now has 150 cattle and 20 horses on the ranch.
LDC chief executive Terry Koim said the small company agreed to give LDC unrestricted access to the ranch for the implementation of the rehabilitation project.
“One of the key points of this intervention is that the funds are not free handouts from the government to compensate existing farmers or ‘paper producers’ as happened under the infamous NADP of yesteryear.
“The current arrangement underscores a major paradigm shift in the direction of government policy in which specific partnerships are created as channels through which public funds are channeled directly to struggling smallholder cattle ranchers.
“These are ranchers who for decades have held the leadership position in the beef industry with little or no government support,” he said.
Mr Koim is also calling on other cattle ranchers in the Markham Valley and beyond to contact LDC for possible assistance which is now available through LDC and which is specific to livestock projects under the LDC. agricultural intervention program.