Research and development activities for NARI Momase Regional Centre (MRC) are coordinated from Bubia, about 13 km from Lae City, in the Morobe Province.
Activities at MRC primarily cover the wet lowlands, as defined by NARI, are those areas with rainfall of greater than 2,000 mm and altitudes ranging from sea level to 1200 m. The main vegetation is tropical forest. The principal form of agriculture practiced is subsistence farming with extensive forest fallow systems.
The traditional staple foods are cassava, sweet potato, yam, taro, sago and banana. Cocoa, coconuts, Robusta coffee, oil palm and vanilla are the main export crops. Other cash crops include betel nut, sugar cane and various food crops.
The major research focus for the Bubia programme includes food crop improvement; germplasm maintenance; pest and disease management; post harvest and food technology; lowlands food crop screening, evaluation and multiplication; integrated farming systems and economics of production.
Research activities undertaken by WLMP Bubia include:
Taro Beetle Management
Rice and Grain Research
Rice Variety Adaptability Screening and Release for PNG Lowland and Highland Climates Germplasm Maintenance and Foundation Seed Production
Economics of Rice Growing
Rice Post Harvest and Food Technology
Weed Research & Management
Farmer Evaluation and Multiplication of Sweet Potato in Madang
Planting materials and information are available for farmers at reasonable prices.
For further information, contact:
NARI Momase Regional Centre - Bubia
P.O Box 1639, LAE 411
Papua New Guinea
Phone: (675) 478 4000
Fax: (675) 475 1034