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Thursday, January 20, 2005
Posted 12:49 PM by Luigi
Prosperous PNG Through Agricultural Development
Text of a recent newspaper article from PNG.
The National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) will start the new year with a sharpened vision. In a recent meeting on 17th December 2004 the NARI Council approved NARI’s revised vision and mission statement for Papua New Guinea’s development. The reworded vision is “Prosperous PNG Agricultural Communities”.
This is a broad and long-term vision of what the Institute expects to happen. Explaining the vision, NARI Director General Dr Raghunath Ghodake said: “The word ‘prosperous’ implies economic, social, cultural well-being of all residents of PNG. Such prosperity should be reflected through a much improved and higher level of human development index (HDI) in PNG.”
Reference to “agricultural communities”, he said in its wider sense, implies that the prosperity of all in PNG will be realised through wealth creation and sustainable broad based growth through agricultural development.
“As more than 85 percent of today’s 5.4 million people in PNG depend directly or indirectly on agriculture, the prosperity of agricultural communities will be paramount in realising the prosperity of all in PNG. If these communities are prosperous, all in PNG and nation as whole will be prosperous.”
The above rationale is based on the Institute’s assertion that agriculture is the most important sector in the Papua New Guinea economy. This is not only because of the vast majority’s dependence on agriculture but also because of the sector’s tremendous untapped potential.
Dr Ghodake said: “This potential is not only to assure food security, improve cash incomes and provide comfortable livelihoods but also to bring total prosperity and full development to the country.
He said it follows then that the agriculture sector must be targeted for development if the nation is to prosper and become one of the developed nations of the world.
While the agriculture sector is important, agricultural research and improved technologies and knowledge are seen to be the most critical catalytic agents in promoting agricultural development, broad-based economic growth and sustainable rural development.
In view of this the NARI Council agreed that NARI’s reworded mission statement would be to “Promote innovative agricultural development in Papua New Guinea through scientific research, knowledge creation and information exchange."
Dr Ghodake said the word “promote” is used to indicate positive and pro-active action in the application and adoption of exiting and new “knowledge” for agricultural development.
“Such development is realised through new and innovative ideas, processes, approaches and technologies. Such technologies and knowledge arise from the information collected, generated and assessed through scientific research, adaptation of existing knowledge and communication amongst all actors in the agriculture sector.”
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