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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
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Friday, April 07, 2006
Posted 8:03 AM by Luigi
Measures to expand agro exports proposed in PNG
By BAEAU TAI, The National, PNG
LACK of investment has limited the opportunities for agriculture productivity in the country, a new report from the Institute of National Affairs revealed.
To resolve the anomaly, the report had recommended four measures that the government must pursue in earnest to expand the country’s agricultural exports.
The report was presented on Tuesday at Crown Plaza by Dr Brent Layton, director of New Zealand Institute for Economic Research (NZIER). The study was funded by the PNG Sustainable Development Programme. The five key export crops covered by the report were palm oil, coffee, rubber, cocoa, and coconut products. The production performance of these commodities since 1975 was compared to performance of the same commodities in Malaysia and Indonesia, using data available from international agencies like Food and Agriculture Organisation, World Bank, United Nations and other sources.
“The lack of profitability on the export crops had come about because the depreciation in the exchange rate has not been fast enough to offset the rise in production costs driven by the rate of consumer price inflation,” Dr Layton said. He said the country’s trade policy had effectively imposed a tax on the production of export crops which had also been a negative factor.
Among the crops, Dr Layton picked out palm oil as a fast-growing industry in PNG. He said in terms of exports since independence, PNG’s palm oil had performed better than that of either Indonesia or Malaysia.PNG’s export volume grew at a compound 10.1% per year compared with 7.8% and 9.8% for Malaysia and Indonesia, respectively. PNG’s performance in terms of production (8.8%) had been slightly better than Malaysia (8.4%) but behind that of Indonesia (11.5%).
The report identified 10 hurdles to agriculture performance in the country, namely, the inadequacy of agriculture research, the poor performance of extension services, the inadequacy of transport infrastructure and hostile macro-economic policy settings and trade policies.
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