Monthly Archives: November 2011

Information an important tool for agricultural development

Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) remains a huge challenge for agricultural development in the Pacific Island countries and territories.  These challenges include; small farm sizes, remote and scattered nature of farms, infrastructural limitations, increased global competitiveness, climate change, and the … Continue reading

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Women’s voice critical for linking knowledge to policy

President of PNG Women in Agriculture Development Foundation, Maria Linibi, was one of PNG’s two participants at the 2011 international conference on “Innovations in Extension and Advisory Services”, which was held in Nairobi, Kenya, last week (15-18/11). A report on Mrs … Continue reading

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PNG needs an extension service that empowers farmers

PNG has a fragmented agricultural extension scenario largely due to twin policies on ‘decentralisation and corporatisation’ which have made the tasks of managing and resourcing the extension services much difficult to undertake, says an agricultural expert, Ted Sitapai, at an … Continue reading

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Weed succumbs to biocontrol, shows long term study

Smallholder farmers in PNG continue to benefit from the introduction of a biocontrol agent of one of the world’s worst weeds through a project funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). By 1998, the weed chromolaena (Chromolaena odorata) … Continue reading

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China keen in Central’s maize potential

The Chinese government expressed an interest in developing maize or corn in PNG’s Central province when a team of government officials were in PNG last week to discuss agricultural technical assistance. They also highlighted possible training and investment opportunities that China can support to enhance agricultural development in … Continue reading

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Food importers to benefit from improved import permit system

Importers of foodstuffs and other goods of plant and animal origin will have a new and improved system as of January 1, 2012. The National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority (NAQIA) is working to improve its services to businesses and … Continue reading

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ICM and agriculture workshop for Pacific islands

By Seniorl Anzu The interventions of information communication management (ICM) in agriculture development will take centre stage later this month as major agricultural agencies in the Pacific gather in Fiji for a regional workshop. The workshop, titled “Moving Beyond Strategy … Continue reading

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Markham woman farmer to represent Pacific region at international conference in Kenya

By Soldier Buruka A prominent Papua New Guinean woman farmer will represent the Pacific region at a major international agriculture extension conference in Nairobi, Kenya, from November 15-18, 2011. Maria Linibi, one of PNG’s outstanding role models for women farmers, … Continue reading

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World’s Poultry Science Association to present ‘Hall of Fame’ and ‘Scholarship Awards’

By Seniorl Anzu The World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA) has announced that the next presentation of members for the International Poultry Hall of Fame (IPHF) will take place at the 2012 World’s Poultry Science Congress in Salvador, Brazil. During the … Continue reading

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Japan provides K7.2 million for rice development in PNG

By Soldier Buruka Smallholder farmers can expect more government support for rice development in PNG’s rural communities. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has come on board to support Phase Two of the Smallholder Rice Promotion Project with a funding … Continue reading

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