Agricultural research is one of the fundamental areas the Australian government has supported through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), says Bruce Davis, the new Australian High Commissioner to PNG.
Travelling long distances to mill rice by Markham rice farmers in the Morobe province will be minimised, thanks to the EU Farm Mechanisation project for introducing Kisar, a manual rice mill.
Rice farmer Doris Awian said a kisar training at Garam village came at a crucial time when rice farmers in Markham have struggled over the years to get their rice to the nearest mill which has been a costly exercise.
The Kundiawa/Gembogl district in Simbu has shifted its focus to agriculture following the El Nino drought in the province. Kundiawa/Gembogl MP Tobias Kulang paid a brief visit to NARI's Sir Alkan Tololo Research Centre in Lae on January 14 2016 to see and learn about suitable agricultural technologies and innovations which would assist his district in coping with the prolonged drought.
Sweetpotato weevil, the worst insect pest of sweet potato or kaukau, is reportedly causing great harm in PNG gardens. The weevil ruins storage roots (tubers) which rot with bitter taint. Immature larvae of the adult weevil makes tunnels and holes. When infected with larvae, even pigs won’t eat the storage roots.
As we head into the festive season, I wish to extend my very best wishes to all our staff, partners and stakeholders. I am pleased that NARI continues to make good progress in accomplishing its strategic objective and impacting positively on the lives of our people in this challenging time.