Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has instructed MPs from 30 drought and frost vulnerable districts in PNG to put K500, 000 each from their DSIP funds into a drought copying project developed by NARI. NARI Director General Dr Sergie Bang, who presented the proposal to O’Neill on November 9 2015, said the Prime Minister has accepted NARI’s proposal wholeheartedly and announced that the first districts to start with are Kundiawa/Gembogl and Ialibu /Pangia.
The Derin community in the Trans-Gogol area of Madang is enjoying purified and clean water despite water shortage caused by the current El Nino drought.
The ’biosand filter’ technology, introduced by NARI and BOKU to help the rural community having access to clean water during water shortage as a result of extreme climatic conditions, has proven worthwhile for households in Derin.
The present El Nino-induced drought has had a huge negative impact on food and water securities across the country. While current relief efforts are focused on food rations (processed) in some of the worst affected districts, two communities in the Kairuku District of Central province see innovative food production was the way to go in having continued access to food as the situation continues.