By JOHN PANGKATANA
THE successful PNG Cocoa Coconut Institute (PNGCCI) run Farmer Field Schools (FFS) is now making its way into the Sikut-Matupit re-settlement area in Warongoi with the launching of the program tomorrow.
The project is the brainchild of PNGCCI head of research Dr Samson Laup who is leading the fight against the Cocoa Pod Borer (CPB) in the East New Britain Province. The PNGCCI has come up with a new approach towards denying the existence of the CPB and is in the process of fine-tuning the technology package.
Following positive results from the pilot project over the past three years in the Gazelle District, the FFS team are now extending the program to three Local Level Government (LLGs) in the Rabaul District. FFS co-ordinator and consultant Koniel Batil said 36 farmers from Sikut-Matupit will be issued training kits, uniforms and a bag each as a participant in the project.
Mr Batil said: “We are working closely with the District DPI (Department of Primary Industry) officers and their ward members to ensure there is close consultation with all stakeholders concerned.”
“We expect to have DPI officers and respective ward members to officiate at the launch,” he added.
It is noted that the training of farmers, was given a sizable boost of K75,000 from Micro Cleaning and Pest Control company in Port Moresby.