PASSENGER motor vehicle (PMV) trucks donated to farmers in the Maigari Inland pipeline area of the Ramu mining project in Madang are adding value to livelihoods and support to the community, the Minerals Resources Authority (MRA) said in a statement.
Purchased under the women in mining small grands project initiative, the trucks were given to the cash crop and fresh produce farmers as a donation.
The trucks had made not only transport of their produce, but also access to the Madang town market, easier.
Jessica Punawa, a fresh produce vendor from Ono village in the Maigari area said she travels more than an hour by road to sell her produce at Madang town market.
Since the PMV truck began its services, transportation of her produce to the market had been easier, she said.
Availability of the PMV truck had encouraged Ms Punawa and other locals to produce more to then sell at the market and make more profit, the MRA said.
Coffee farmer Kerry Kuku, from the Maigari area, expressed similar sentiments and said he had in one week transported five bags of coffee using the PMV truck.
Mr Kuku said easy access to transport was an incentive because the coffee business was a difficult enterprise, considering the fact that his farm is located inland, an hour away from the main road.
The MRA said the vehicle had also been used to transport sick passengers to hospital for medical treatment.
The small grants project is being implemented by the MRA with support from some government departments and mining companies.
The World Bank funds the project through its mining sector institutional strengthening technical assistance project two.
Officer-in-Charge of the MRA Sean Ngansia said the MRA was committed to the project and other similar projects that are aimed at improving and sustaining the livelihoods of people impacted by mining projects in the country.