Chairman of the Constitutional Review Commission and Tambul-Nebilyer MP Benjamin Poponawa has called on farmers in the high-altitude areas to make full use of NARI expertise in addressing their agricultural challenges.
During the opening of the new NARI office complex in Tambul, Western Highlands Province, Mr Poponawa said the high-altitude region has unique problems and stands to benefit from NARI’s activities, especially in light of the changing climate.
A new office complex for NARI Tambul was opened on Tuesday, 8th October 2013, in the Western Highlands province. This new facility will support NARI scientists in their research and development program for the high altitude areas of PNG. Research at Tambul has resulted in generating new and improved agricultural technologies and information for farmers to manage common farming issues in cooler climates.
NARI’s Highlands Regional Centre at Tambul in the Western Highlands Province will host a major public event on Tuesday, the 8th of October 2013, in which a new office complex will be officially opened. This grand opening will coincide with an agricultural innovations show organized by NARI and its partners. The show will feature:
PNG needs to focus more on research and development work in high potential and impact areas, says Treasury Minister Don Polye. While acknowledging the research efforts of NARI, the Treasurer said development efforts on indigenous crops and other areas of high potential must be looked into seriously.
The mandate of NARI needs to be broadened so that the Institute’s focus on excellence in research is extended to effective facilitation and contribution to PNG development, says the Deputy Prime Minister Grand Chief Leo Dion.