Stockfeed in Papua New Guinea

Three Lae-based companies make and sell stockfeed for pigs and poultry. A mill previously serving the Port Moresby market is currently inoperative. The three Lae companies produced 52 200 tonnes of stockfeed in 2005. In addition, one major pig producer (Rumion) in the Markham Valley in Morobe Province makes its own feed from home-grown maize and produced 5800 tonnes in 2005. The Evangelical Brotherhood Church (EBC) produces feed for its own operations and sells a little around Lae.

Apart from Rumion and EBC, production is based on imported grain, mainly sorghum. Sorghum imports averaged 26 000 tonnes per year from 2000 to 2004. Around 10% of feed composition is wheat millrun, a local product derived from imported wheat after milling. Locally produced components of feeds include fish meal from PNG canneries and minor quantities of copra meal and limestone. Imports of fully prepared stockfeed are about 37 000 tonnes or 40% of total usage per year.

Efforts are being made to increase the use of local agricultural and fisheries by-products. Estimated PNG production of potential stockfeed ingredients is 33 000 tonnes of millrun, 21 000 tonnes of copra meal, 31 000 tonnes of oil palm kernel meal and 6000 tonnes of fish meal.

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