Bishop launches solar rice milling technology in Lae

This project is in partnership with the National Agricultural Research Institute’s (NARI) and Trukai Rice.

Through this innovative project, NARI will partner with Trukai to pilot solar powered rice milling equipment in a select number of rice-growing communities in Morobe Province.

Trukai will assist the pilot project by supporting the development of links for rural farmers to commercial markets. The pilot is being facilitated through the Australian Government funded Incentive Fund.

NARI graduates 6 cadet researchers

The cadets were attached to various disciplines at the Bubia and Aiyura research centres to develop their research skills and further enhance their work experience.

The cadets, based at the Momase Regional Centre’s Bubia station, included Chesly Kobua (rice and grain), Joel Pilon (biotechnology) and Wilfred Wau (crop protection).

The Highlands Regional Centre’s Aiyura-based cadets included Gena Kawale, Tai Kui and Jeffery Yapo, who were attached with crop iimprovement and soil and water management disciplines respectively.


Current El Nino one of strongest ever: PNG specialist

Demerua said it was already causing droughts and flooding in different parts of the world, affecting food production, water availability, public health and energy supplies.

“The current El Niño is likely to peak towards the end of 2015 and continue into the first half of 2016”, Demerua said

“The tropical central and eastern Pacific sea surface temperatures have warmed significantly in recent months and are now at levels not seen since the 1997/98 event.

Locals request for NARI help

The people of Korona, Tutuna and Idau, three villages which are located behind the Doa Plantation in the Kairuku Hiri LLG of Central Province, are also questioning their authorities as to why they have not received any form of relief supplies.

Kevin Dagere, a resident of Korona village during an awareness program conducted by Partners With Melanesians (PWM), expressed his disappointment at leaders of the area not showing any concern for their people who sometimes go without good food for weeks and eat whatever they find that is edible.