Tissue Culture Laboratory

K15.3m training centre opens

Not only will it benefit the hardworking farmers but also impact over 700 village extension officers across 10 provinces.

The Integrated Training Centre and Tissue Lab were officially opened on Tuesday 12th September, 2023 by the Australian High Commissioner, Jon Philp and Fresh Produce Development Agency in Kainantu.

New tissue culture lab to boost food production

This is about to change, following the completion of a tissue culture laboratory for the FPDA in Kainantu, Eastern Highlands Province, which was officially opened by Australian High Commissioner, Jon Philp on Tuesday 12th September, 2023.

FPDA chief executive officer, Mark Worinu said with this new lab, the organization will carrying out its own tests. He said FPDA used to get 12,000 tissue plantlets from the NARI lab in Aiyura. However, this will be doubled once the lab is in full operation.

FPDA set to open Centre

Funded through the Australia-PNG Partnership project ‘Incentive Fund’, a Tissue Culture Laboratory and an Integrated Training Centre were completed at a cost of K15.3 million. These buildings will benefit 30,000 fresh produce farmers and more than 700 village extension officers across 10 provinces.

The Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Jon Philip will be the guest of honour.

The Integrated Centre is named after the FPDA Board Chairman Sir Fabian Chow.