Close to 600 taro farmers from East New Britain graduated recently with flying colours after being trained by the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) at Keravat. During a graduation ceremony, 598 taro growers from the province’s four districts were awarded certificates for successfully completing an intensive hands-on training on the best practices of commercial taro production. The training covered nursery management, field management, postharvest and marketing.
The 2012 Agricultural Innovations Show is set to take place on Friday May 4 at NARI’s Sir Alkan Tololo Research Centre, 10 Mile – Bubia, outside Lae. This day will also mark NARI’s 15th Anniversary. Preparations are well underway for this annual event, which will be staged for the 6th time this year by NARI.
The National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) is the lead research organization, conducting and fostering applied and development oriented research in the agriculture and rural development sectors in Papua New Guinea. Besides, NARI is responsible for providing analytical, diagnostic and advisory services to the agriculture sector. Such services include chemical analysis, advisory services and biometric and statistical services.
The potential for vegetable production in the Central province is yet to be fully recognized. An agronomic study shows that open pollinated vegetables like tomato, French bean and capsicum can grow well in the lowland areas where as in the high altitudes, scientists have noted encouraging performances by English cabbage, broccoli and carrots. For mid altitudes, capcsicum is looking promising while evaluations for tomato and broccoli are still in progress.