VITRO Plant, developer of a proposed oil palm project on Woodlark Island in
Milne Bay, is said to have withdrawn the project.
Attempts to confirm the withdrawal from Vitro Plant directors Dr Marat Bolonski
and William Lee in Australia were unsuccessful.
The Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL) was notified of Vitro’s
intention to withdraw.
It is believed Vitro’s withdrawal is due to pressure from environmentalists and
non-governmental organisations to conserve the natural habitat of Woodlark
The proposed project was to cover 60,000 hectares of State land in the middle of
Meanwhile, the National Forest Board has yet to receive a formal proposal for
Forest Minister Belden Namah said this in a newspaper report last week, after
receiving numerous enquiries on the project.
He said the proposed project had not met forest legal requirements to begin
It could also put the island in danger in terms of environmental damages the
island was too fragile .
Mr Namah said large scale clearing of the environment for projects should be
carefully studied adding that the project was a DAL concern.
“The proposed project development is agriculture and is therefore outside the
jurisdiction of the PNG Forest Authority,” he said.