MOU to look into existing dark spots in rice cultivation

  The brown plant hopper is a sucking insect that under heavy infestations can cause the wilting and complete drying of rice plants.

Agriculture Secretary Dr. Sergie Bang pointed out areas that will need further research and study.

“Two important areas of constraints, one is the insect pest called the ‘Brown Planthopper’ which can be really serious. It can affect varieties of rice, so we need to look at rice that is tolerant against the Brown Planthopper.

“The other is the drought conditions in PNG and it requires for us to get rice that is drought tolerant.” 

NARI charts a way forward

Minister Tambua made the announcement during the official launching of the NARI National Results Framework 2022-2023 and Strategic Implementation Plan 2022 -2027 on
Wednesday December 07 2022, at the Sir Aljan Tololo Research Centre at 10 Mile in Lae, Morobe Province.

Tambua said the decision of this Government is timely and looks forward in working with NARI.

“NARI will be supported to grow as the leading Agriculture Research Institute in the country. 

Growing Rice In Aiya

Lead farmer, Knox Alumbi, said rice growing is new to the area and would take time to convince people to grow their own rice. He said while some members of the community have made some attempt to growing the crop, many challenges have been faced due to the lack of basic skills required to growing rice.

A team from the National Agriculture and Research Institute (NARI) paid a brief visit to Aiya LLG. Alumbi told them it would be helpful if proper training on basic rice growing is provided including introducing appropriate rice varieties suitable for the local environment.

Raminai welcomes court decision

In his capacity as recommended nominee to be member of the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) Council.

The plaintiff filed an originating summons on April 21, 2021 where he was seeking leave pursuant to Order 16 Rule 3 of the National Court Rules, against two decisions Minister Raminai had made on the March 23, 2021 and published in the National Gazette No G177.

Processing Cassava Flour in Menyamya

Mr Noah learnt food processing skills through the European Union supported Climate Change Resilience project recently.

He is pleased that the skills he learnt have enabled him to process cassava into other food products for his family to eat and sell for income.

Noah met with a project team from the National Agriculture Research Institute, and provided a sample of cassava product from the skills and knowledge he acquired during the food processing training.

He said his family is enjoying cassava flour.

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.