Agricultural experts in Vanuatu have estimated that its people will run out of food in less than one week after the devastating Cyclone Pam on March 13-14 2015 and a call has been made to the Government to start the distributions immediately.
Vanuatu Minister for Agriculture David Tosul said the Category 5 Cyclone Pam that ripped the island nation has severely impacted the ability of its population to feed itself.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill bought a brand new Toyota landcruiser vehicle for the PNG Women in Agriculture Development Foundation (PNGWiADF) to support their work in assisting women farmers in rural PNG.
Geographical Information System (GIS) has a lot to offer in resource management, planning and development in the agricultural and rural development sectors of PNG.
Experts from the University of Tasmania (UOT), Australia, say Papua New Guineans need to broaden their understanding on the use of GIS tools and have improved capacities to effectively apply them in their research and development work.
Solomon Islands and Vanuatu have been invited to join the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institute (APAARI) and be part of the broader network for development and prosperity.
APAARI Executive Secretary Dr Raghunath Ghodake says being part of the regional alliance will enhance more engagement and collaboration with regional and international bodies for greater benefit sharing and advancement.
Farmers on Efate Island in Vanuatu have picked up a lot in innovative agriculture using new and improved research-based technologies introduced by NARI. Livestock scientist Martin Lobao says model farmers involved in the project expressed great satisfaction on the outcomes from the use of the technologies.