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Agricultural Technology Transfer Project in Morehead, Western Province

Title: South-Fly District (Morehead) Food Security Support Project

Partners: PNG Sustainable Development Program Ltd (PNGSDP Ltd) and NARI

Project Funding:  K220, 000 from PNGSDP Ltd over 2 years (2009 – 2011)

Project Status: Ending in 1st quarter of 2013

Project Background/Justification: Food security and malnutrition was identified as among the issues affecting the livelihoods of the South-Fly Communities- Buzi, Sibidiri and Dimiri.  This project attempts to provide additional food crops (food sources) that high yielding, early maturing and drought tolerant to alleviate the food shortages often experience in these communities and also could provide income generation opportunities. Food crops recommended by NARI include Cassava (4 varieties), Africa yam, sweet potatoes (10 varieties), NARI taros (4 varieties) and open pollinated corn (white seed –variety).

Strategic Objectives: To enhance the livelihood of the people in terms of improved food security and nutrition by growing a diversified food crop base, gained additional new skills and knowledge and create income generation opportunities from garden produce.

Main Outcomes/Activities:

  • Establish community based Resource Centre,
  • Transfer of improved Agricultural technologies (planting materials and Muscovy ducks),
  • Provide/conduct farmer trainings and demonstration on basic vegetable production, minisett techniques of yams and taro, crop protection (PDPs and taro beetle chemical control) and simple food processing & preservation technologies, and
  • Disseminate selected printed information about the improved/selected technologies.

Major Achievements (2012)

  • Most project activities and achievements were reported in 2011, and
  • No activity was carried out in 2012 due to lack of time and man-power from SRC-Laloki. The Project staff were fully engaged / committed to other 4 projects.  Furthermore, due to logistic problems (no fuel and food) faced in Quarter 4, 2012, the planned field trip is postponed to January 2013

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