Monthly Archives: January 2012

Coffee potential hindered by poor road system in East Sepik

By Augustine Dominic Poor road infrastructure is the major hindrance to increased production of Robusta coffee in the East Sepik Province. This was revealed by Chairman of East Sepik Coffee Group, Titus Auna, when dispatching his farmers’ coffee for sale … Continue reading

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‘Tree of life’ has potential – coconut based products

Coconut is truly the ‘tree of life’ as it has many uses for millions across the globe. And in PNG, like many Pacific Island countries, virgin coconut oil is increasingly becoming popular for the production of medicines and cosmetics. Leonard … Continue reading

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Coping strategies for extreme weather conditions in PNG

By Seniorl Anzu Climate change is real and is the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today with a complex manifestation in terms of its impacts on agriculture and food security. In recent years, there have various communications on facts … Continue reading

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Potential for agritourism in PNG

By Seniorl Anzu The travel and tourism industry is one of the largest and fastest growing industries on Earth. Either conventional mass tourism (eg taking that trip to Paris or Las Vegas) or alternative tourism (eg. agritourism, ecotourism, cultural tourism, … Continue reading

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Population and agriculture in PNG

By Seniorl Anzu Feeding the growing population is a major challenge facing the world today. This poses a huge demand on agriculture which is unrelenting. It was until the 20th century when much of the changes in human population happened … Continue reading

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PNG’s longest agricultural advocate has died

By Seniorl Anzu A pioneer advocate of PNG agriculture and the longest serving President of the Highlands Farmers & Settlers Association (HFSA), Sir Sinake Giregire, passed away last week. HFSA Vice-President, Jonah Buka, expressed sorrow and condolences to the people … Continue reading

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Conservation of genetic resources vital for food security

By Seniorl Anzu Statistics from UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) had shown that over the period 1995-2001, production of staple root and tuber crops in PNG grew by only 6.5 % while the population grew by 15 % over the same … Continue reading

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Specialty crops for Pacific Islands

A new publication with the above title has just been published by Permanent Agriculture Resources – University of Hawaii Press and released in July 2011. From bamboo to black pepper, cacao to coconut and tea to taro — Specialty Crops … Continue reading

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Mangoes for PNG farmers

By Seniorl Anzu Mango farmers in the dry lowlands of PNG can cultivate three recommended varieties released by the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI). The three mango varieties – Kensington Pride, Banana Callo and Totapuri (also known as ‘Rabaul’ mango) … Continue reading

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Durian clones for lowland farmers

By Seniorl Anzu Eight selected clones of durian fruit trees evaluated by scientists at the Keravat-based Lowlands Agricultural Experiment Station (LAES) in East New Britain were officially released for lowland farmers. LAES is the regional (islands) research station of the … Continue reading

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