Monthly Archives: May 2011

Using local resources as feeds

SMALLHOLDER broiler farmers now have the option of using local feeds to raise their birds. This was made possible after the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) pre-released a broiler feeding system technology during the Agricultural Innovations Show and NARI 14th … Continue reading

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Self sustained school in need

A coffee plantation and coffee export business in the Tairora area of Eastern Highlands province continues to provide vital community services to the children and surrounding communities. The Baroida Plantation, owned and operated by the third generation of the Colbran … Continue reading

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Rice research and development

RICE is the second most important cereal in the world and is a staple food for about two billion people. Production is concentrated in Western and Eastern Asia with more than 90% of world output. China and India, which account for … Continue reading

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Coffee boom!

THE Highlands coffee season is here with spiraling high prices and a bumper crop. Green bean Arabica was yesterday fetching between K10.86 and K13.11 per kilogram. This is the highest it’s ever been in decades and the Coffee Industry Corporation … Continue reading

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Matching seeds to needs

By Seniorl Anzu   Climate change is imposing an unprecedented threat to livelihoods and food security with great impacts over time and across locations. This will seriously affect millions of farmers whose livelihoods depend on subsistence agriculture. The Tsukuba Declaration, on … Continue reading

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PhD graduate gives PNG smallholders a sweeter outlook

Sweet-potato farmers in Papua New Guinea will be pleased to learn of the recent graduation of Dr Norah Omot, who received a PhD from the University of Canberra in March 2011. Dr Omot is a Director at PNG’s National Agricultural … Continue reading

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Quality coffee from volcanic soil

Robusta coffee from the  volcanic-rich lowland soil of the East New Britain (ENB) province has distinct cup characteristics than those from other areas of PNG. “Any ordinary coffee drinker can tell the difference between the Robusta coffee produced in ENB and those from other areas,” … Continue reading

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New biotechnology centre launched in Lae

A modern biotechnology centre for agricultural research and development in PNG was launched in Lae, Morobe province. This two-story building will house general and specialised laboratories in the areas of pest and disease management and diagnostics, applied molecular biology, tissue culture, … Continue reading

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