Navunaram - Commodity


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Agriculture is a key component of life for the people of Navunaram. Not only do many people engage in subsistence farming, but most also have multiple hectares of land set aside for commercial farming. The community of Navunaram takes advantage of its substantial amount of traditionally-held land to grow a variety of commercial and subsistence crops such as coffee, coconuts, peanuts, bananas, mangoes, oranges, and most recently introduced -- nutmeg. The primary cash crop for farmers in Navunaram was cocoa for a number of years. However, with the introduction of the cocoa pod boar a few years ago, their cocoa trees have been decimated, as is the case across the majority of Papua New Guinea. Since Navunaram is a community dominated by farmers, everything revolves around agriculture leaving the people looking to cultivate new crops to replace their cocoa plots.

Since many in the community depend heavily on selling their crops either at local markets or to large export companies, access to roads and forms of transportation is crucial. One of the main roads connecting the town of Kokopo to the major port town of Rabaul runs through the middle of Navunaram. Everyday there are multiple buses running between the two towns, providing the farmers of Navunaram with the access they need to commercial outlets for their crops. Branching off of this main road are a number of smaller access roads providing those living on the outskirts of Navunaram with a means by which to reach the main road with relative ease.

These access roads also provide the community with paths to reach the many meeting places in Navunaram. The majority of these meeting places are churches, which serve their traditional purpose, but also serve as a central meeting place for community gatherings. These churches along with the schools and community halls serve as places for leaders of the five zones to meet and for the community at large to congregate for announcements or planning. Due to the size of Navunaram (a population of 2,000 people living in five zones) these meeting places are a fundamental commodity as they facilitate the function and betterment of the whole community

Date Entered: June 2012