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.
Many scientists believe that taro is an orphan crop which needs drastic genetic changes in breeding. But when comparing to highly improved seed propagated species such as wheat, rice and maize, the breeding of taro is usually considered as a relatively simple, says Dr Anton Ivancic, Professor of Genetics, Plant Improvement and Botany of Cultivated Plants at the University of Maribor, Slovenia, EU.