A 50-year mile­stone

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An Air Ni­ug­ini Fokker 70 air­craft is car­ry­ing the logo of New Bri­tain Palm Oil (NBPOL) to com­mem­o­rate the com­pany’s 50th an­niver­sary. The logo was un­veiled dur­ing a re­cent cer­e­mony at Hoskins air­port, at­tended by NBPOL, Air Ni­ug­ini and the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

NBPOL started op­er­a­tions in West New Bri­tain half a cen­tury ago and its plan­ta­tions now cover 83,000 hectares of oil palm in six lo­ca­tions: West New Bri­tain, Ramu Val­ley, Milne Bay, Po­liamba and Hi­gaturu in Pa­pua New Guinea and the Guadal­canal Province in the Solomon Is­lands.

Apart from oil palm, NBPOL also has sugar plan­ta­tions, cat­tle, re­finer­ies and oil palm seeds – em­ploy­ing thou­sands of Pa­pua New Guineans.

Logo lineup … (from left) gen­eral man­ager of Po­liamba Oil Palms, Roland Soupa; NBPOL coun­try man­ager, Robert Nilkare; gen­eral man­ager, Harry Brock; board mem­bers Ernie Gan­gloff and Sir Brown Bai; and Air Ni­ug­ini’s Do­minic Kaumu.

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