By Raghunath Ghodake (December 21, 2012)
WE are into another Festive Season and 2012 will pass by in the next few days. On this occasion, I wish to extend our very best wishes to all our staff, partners and stakeholders. Year 2012 has had its own challenges. However, we managed through and achieved most of our planned activities. Such achievements wouldn’t be possible without everyone’s undivided efforts and teamwork towards the common goal of improving the lives of our people.
I am proud that NARI continues to make very good progress in accomplishing its strategic objective with positive impacts. We celebrated the Institute’s 15th Anniversary in May, coinciding with the staging of the 6th Agricultural Innovations Show.
During this occasion, we also launched the NARI Strategy and Results Framework 2011 – 2020, the Institute’s strategic direction towards achieving its objective and goal.
NARI Keravat will have a new office and laboratory complex with allied facilities, thanks to the PNG-Australia Incentive Fund for replacing the old building which was destroyed in an accidental fire in April 2011. Construction has begun following the ground breaking in August.
Also in progress is the construction of the National Biotechnology Centre, a facility which will raise the standard of our research efforts in linking science to development not only in PNG but also in the region. This is a national asset for PNG. The establishment of this modern facility is in recognition of the significant role of science and technology in agricultural and rural development.
Our Highlands Regional Centre at Tambul also has a new office complex under construction. Besides, we have housing projects in progress at Bubia, Kilakila and Keravat.
In August we had a programme planning and prioritization workshop to prioritize focus areas of engagement within each of our programmes and sub-programmes. This has enabled us to ensure that project portfolios have adequate focus and content involving clients and partners and sequenced over time under the AR4D paradigm.
The EU-ACP project had a year full of training programs which many have benefited from, including selected representatives from Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Besides, ongoing EU-ARD project, the Institute has initiated two ACP funded projects – Mechanization and Biotechnology. We take pride in such initiatives to strengthen our efforts on science and technology in delivering of innovative agriculture.
We hope our Pacific Island friends have appreciated these too. During the year, some research and development projects have been developed, others got funded or commenced at programme level. We have also engaged in a number of collaborative projects with donor and development partners. We have continued to create our enabling environment and strengthen our human resource base in strategic areas.
Our focus will continue to develop strategies and fill the missing links where appropriate in order to deliver effectively on the vision and objectives of the Institute. These achievements could not have been possible without the dedication and commitment of the Government of PNG, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, European Union, stakeholders, donors and NARI staff from all programmes and at all levels.
NARI therefore is heading to be a robust and sustainable organisation for innovative development. We highly appreciate and treasure your commitments and contributions. We look forward to a good year in 2013 with your continued and pro-active contributions.
On behalf of the Institute Council and Executive Management, I would like to wish all our staff, partners, readers and their families, and friends, a Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year 2013.
Photo: NARI Council Chairman, Dr John Kola (second from left) unveiling the NARI Strategy and Results Framework 2011-2020 assisted by Director General, Dr Raghunath Ghodake (left) for its officially launching during the Agricultural Innovation Show in May. Looking on are the Director General of the Office High Education, Professor David Kavanamur, and former Morobe Governor, Luther Wenge. The NARI Strategy and Results Framework 2011 – 2020 will be providing the Institute’s strategic direction towards achieving its objective and goal.