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NARI hosts another successful show

Sharing and exchanging of information and knowledge, new technologies, innovations, inventions, improved farming practices and mobilizing resources among stakeholders including the farming community is essential to promote innovative agricultural development in PNG.

Appropriate avenues are also important to facilitate this process for all players to come together to provide feedback as well as for possible adoption. One such avenue is the annual Agricultural Innovations Show (AIS) hosted by NARI on Thursday, 4th May at the Sir Alkan Tololo Research Centre, 10 Mile, outside Lae.

The event, supported by Trukai Industries Limited as the platinum sponsor, was the 9th such show, the first being in 2007 on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of NARI. Other sponsors of the event included the Morobe Provincial Government, Mainland Holdings, National Development Bank, Zenag Chickens, Farmset, Kina Finance, Prime Travel, Panamex, Goodman Fielders, SP Breweries and The National as the official media partner.

Since its inception in 2007, this event has become a popular annual event to recognize and value the importance of innovations and inventions, and create and promote awareness on the significant role of research, science and technology for innovative agricultural and rural development.

The show which has evolved over the years with significant improvements to the quality of innovations and participation is now earmarked to undergo a transformation process to move from a NARI show to an agriculture sector show going forward.

The event also marked the 20th anniversary of NARI was organized around the theme “inventions and innovation for a prosperous and food secure PNG: “research to practice”. The theme reaffirms NARI’s view that progress through innovative agricultural development is essential for us to respond to the many complex challenges being brought on by the changing climate, demographic changes, fast declining natural resources and market forces.

The guest of honor was the Consul-General of the Australian High Commission to Lae, Paul Murphy. Other guests included Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru; CEO of Trukai, Greg Worthington-Eyre; Chairman of Trukai, Mark Robertson; General Manager of Mainland Holdings, David Alcok and other invited guests.

Over 40 research and development organizations, extension service providers, private sector, NGOs, women’s groups, farmer and community groups had the opportunity to display their innovations, inventions and products.

NARI Research centres throughout PNG demonstrated various innovations, technologies and provided variety of information. Among them included the solar water harvesting technology, galip nut research, livestock feedings systems, indigenous vegetables, post harvest techniques, and resource management issues based on NARI’s applied and adaptive research.

The show provided an opportunity for stakeholders and visitors to see and feel these innovations and inventions, which have the potential to contribute significantly towards a prosperous and food secured PNG. The show will continue to provide an avenue for stakeholders to come together to share information, exchange views, and showcase their innovations, inventions and products.

The highlight of the show was the signing of the letter of intent between Trukai Industries and NARI, an undertaking that calls for the two organizations to grow between 12 and 15 hectares of irrigated rice locally. Under this agreement, rice will be grown on NARI land, milled and packed in Lae for the domestic rice market.

NARI also took the opportunity to release four taro varieties to the farming community, bring the total number of technologies released to date to 32.

The one-day event was well attended and was a great success as reflected by quality of displays and demonstration with over five thousand people in attendance. The next show which will no longer be a NARI show but an agriculture sector show will be held in 2019.

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