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Thursday, May 18, 2006
Posted 4:28 PM by Luigi
Improved planting materials distributed in PNG Highlands
From the DIDINET Newsletter. Contributions can be sent to the Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org), PNG National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI).
Improved planting materials and technologies of food crops for the highlands were multiplied and distributed to farmers at a Field Day at Aiyura, Eastern Highlands Province, late last month. These included varieties of drought tolerant and early maturing sweet potato, high yielding cassava (with low cyanide content) and corn varieties and the popular African yam.
The National Agricultural Research Institute’s (NARI) Main Highlands Programme at Aiyura made this possible through a project under AusAID’s Agricultural Innovations Grant Facility (AIGF). The event was aimed at showcasing and distributing improved planting materials to the highlands farming communities to improve their food security and income.
Farmers also had the opportunity to see research and development work on peanut and highland rice varieties, post harvest and food processing techniques using locally available food resources, yam mini-setting, nursery management skills, basic soil management and crop protection practices, improved crop propagation and multiplication skills using tissue culture techniques and the demonstration of the rope washer pump technology.
More than 1000 people participated, including farmers from the Kainantu and Obura~Wonenara Districts, representatives from the Coffee Industry Corporation, Highlands Fisheries, Aiyura National High School, Summer Institute of Linguistics, Basenangka Vocational School and agriculture advisers from the local governments.
NARI Aiyura Research Programme Leader Akinnapally Ramakrishna said the activity was held to promote nutritive food for good health and further agricultural development in rural communities. Dr Ramakrishna said any form of development in the country would be stagnant without healthy diets. He said a new rice miller and a peanut sheller would be placed soon at the station for people to process their own produce at low costs.
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