The efficiency of vegetable production and marketing in the PNG highlands has been of significant concern over the years. Poor efficiency and knowledge in the production, post harvest and marketing channels with inadequate marketing infrastructure and services are some of the major limitations to the levels of quality, quantity and income for a farmer.
The 2016 World Conference on Root and Tuber Crops (WCRTC) has recommended that a value chain approach driven by appropriate policies is imperative to support root and tuber crops-based agri-food enterprises. These policies should integrate core end-user oriented research agendas in the main development pathways.
The Late Professor John Kola was not only a profound scientist and leader but also a nation builder who had made enormous contributions to the agriculture sector in various capacities during his life, says Francis Marus, Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology.
NARI staff were shocked when news reached them that their Council Chairman Professor John Kola passed away on May 23 2016 at the University of Goroka where he was the Acting Vice Chancellor. Late Professor Kola collapsed at around mid-day at his family home at the university campus and was rushed to the Goroka Base Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
The Technical Mission of the Republic of China to PNG (ROC-Taiwan) has been a partner to the country's agriculture development since the signing of an agricultural extension agreement in 1990. This partnership has expanded to NARI since the institute's birth in the late 90s and both have collaborated on a range of agricultural R&D avenues ever since.