Australia has a long relationship with Papua New Guinea and supporting the agriculture sector is one way of strengthening this partnership, says Australia's new Consulate General to Lae, Paul Murphy. During his first official visit to the NARI Head Office at Bubia on February 28, 2017, Murphy also acknowledged the Institute as a long-time key partner in delivering Australian government funded projects over the years.
A partnership between NARI and the Korean Government through the Korea Invention Promotion Association (KIPA) has seen the successful piloting of a solar driven rope-water pump technology in selected drought vulnerable communities of PNG. This is an innovation that will support sustainable rural farming for food security and income during extreme drought conditions.
We are approaching another Festive Season and 2016 will pass by in the next few days. On this occasion, I wish to extend our very best wishes and appreciation to all staff of NARI - DG's Office, Senior Management, Staff at HQ and Regional Centres including DDG, PDs; RDCs, CMs, PLs, scientists and ancillary staff. My sincere appreciation is extended also to our partners and stakeholders, including the many farmers we have worked with during the course of this year.
The use of Mobile Applications (apps) as a conduit for data collection and information sharing offers enormous benefits in commerce, education and development. Mobile apps have been central to handsets such as smartphones and tablets in the face of mobile evolution. Their capability to allow instant usage when on-the-go has enhanced greater collaboration and access to information among millions of users globally.
Information is power and the up-keeping of an effective and efficient information management system is paramount for NARI and the PNG National Agriculture Research Systems (NARS).
The maintenance and expansion of the Melanesian Agricultural Information Systems (MAIS), formerly the PNG National Agricultural Information System (NAIS), adds value in ensuring better management and usability of research information in the agriculture sector.