Lae residents now have access to Ilimo Dairy Products, the only dairy products produced in Papua New Guinea by Papua New Guineans . Ilimo Dairy is working with local distributor Pelgen’s to ensure fresh tasting and nutritious Ilimo Dairy products are now accessible in Lae.
IlimoDairy Farm, the only producer of fresh milk in the country, is located a t14 Mile in the Central Province and is Papua New Guineas first Commercial Dairy. The operation is a partnership between operators Innovative Agro Industry PNG, the State and the people of Central Province through their Provincial Government. The operation has created 200 news jobs and cash cropping opportunities for Central province maize growers who have begun growing maize, a component of the herds feed.
Both fresh and flavored milk products are now available in Lae. Free tastings have taken place around the city since the product hit stores on November 30th.
Innovative Agro Industry ( IAI) PNG Chairman Ilan Weiss said “ Expanding our distribution to Lae is essential to curbing the cost of fresh milk to domestic households.It is important that consumers understand the difference between fresh milk and UHT milk. Our locally produced product is a premium product, with superior taste and nutritional benefits. It is now readily available in Lae.”
IAI are currently working on developing a second dairy in Morobe Province.
IAI Business Development Manager Gallit Tamir said “ The fantastic response to our products in Lae through thefree tasting events has been amazing. We are very happy. Engaging with our local communities is a big part of what we do as a business, and we are looking forward to more opportunities to spread the word about the importance of fresh milk to a nutritionally balanced diet. With every purchase of Ilimo Dairy products, consumers are supporting the development of a local dairy industry for PNG , the creation of new jobs, and more opportunities forout-grower farmers that produce maize, an important component of the feed for our herd. “
Innovative Agro Industry PNG is working with both public sector and private sector partners to develop sustainable commercial agriculture projects throughout PNG that create avenues for meaningful participation for local communities.