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.
Papua New Guinea is presently into the peak of an intensified drought scenario (El Nino induced) ever witnessed in recent times.
Since June 2015, communities have experienced low rainfall and prolonged dry spells, with accompanying frosts and wild fires threatening food and water securities for over half the country’s seven million people.
Agricultural organizations like NARI need adequate and continued funding support to effectively continue with their research and development work, says Deputy Council Chairman Joseph Tomerop.
While acknowledging guests and participants to the Agricultural Innovations Show, including Agriculture Minister Tommy Tomscoll, Tomerop stated that funding for agriculture should be among those on the top of the list of government budgetary process.