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Monday, May 01, 2006
Posted 6:09 PM by Luigi
NARI to stage Open Day
From the DIDINET newsletter (Editor (email@example.com), PNG National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI).
The National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) will stage its 2006 Open Day this Friday. This popular outreach and information sharing activity will be held at the Sir Alkan Tololo Research Centre at Bubia outside Lae City on May 5 and will coincide with the Institute’s 9th Anniversary.
This year’s Open Day and celebration, themed “Improved Technologies for Agricultural Development,” is expected to be a bigger one with wider participation by farmers and other shareholders. The Institute is aiming for a successful one-day event with displays, demonstrations and official releases of a number of improved agricultural technologies and knowledge arising from research efforts for the PNG farming community.
According to the organizing committee, preparations are going well and a huge turnout is anticipated. NARI has so far released 28 new and improved technologies to the farmers and most of these plus other research and development activities from different agro-ecological zones will be showcased for the public. NARI will also show and demonstrate how it is contributing and planning to contribute to the development needs and aspirations of the nation and its people, both at the micro and macro levels.
The Open Day will be held for the Momase region and neighbouring Highlands provinces. Activities planned for the event will include field visits, training, demonstrations and displays of improved food crop varieties, emerging food and cash crops, livestock production and management practices, and resource management practices with information packages.
All NARI research programmes/stations in the country will participate with exhibits of their research and development activities. A number of partner and collaborating organizations in research and development, the private sector, educational and training institutions, extension providers, NGOs, and community groups will also participate by putting up exhibits on their efforts in contributing to agricultural development through improved technologies.
Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Hon Don Polye will give the keynote address. Agriculture and Livestock Minister Hon Mathew Siune, Morobe Governor Luther Wenge, and a number of government officials and private sector representatives have been invited to the occasion.
Among the many activities planned for the day, the release of three new and improved technologies, presentation of staff award for recognition of excellence, ground breaking of Alan Quartermain hall (funded by the Morobe Provincial Government) and launching of NARI Strategic, Strategic Implementation and Corporate Plans will be the major highlights.
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