As one of the largest nations in the Pacific, Papua New Guinea is home to a vast agricultural industry where more than 80 percent of the population practices subsistence farming.
The nation boasts a tropical climate suited to major commodities like coffee, cocoa, and tea. But not only is PNG largely dependent on its agricultural industries, it’s emerging as a new player in high-end produce with global interest in some of their prime offerings.
Here’s an insight into the produce of PNG.
Only 25 percent of PNG’s large and geographically varied land mass is currently used for agriculture, but over two-thirds of the population practices it in some form, with major exports including coffee, oil, cocoa, copra, tea, rubber, and sugar.
“Yam, taro, banana and sweet potato are the main staple crops grown,” New Ag notes, while garden farms also produce a diversity of other crops including spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, broad beans, cucumbers, and sugar cane.