Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Highlands farming field day at Tambul

TAMBUL basin in the Western Highlands will come alive on Saturday when National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) highlands regional centre stages its third annual field day.

 Anton Kerru of NARI Tambul talking to visitors on the importance of field evaluation of potatoes during the second annual field day at Tambul in 2009.
This event will coincide with the 46th NARI council meeting which will be held at Tambul on Friday..
With the theme ‘Enhancing Sustainable Farming for Rural Farmers’, this event will provide an opportunity for the people of Tambul and visitors alike to learn about activities undertaken, meet scientific and technical staff, tour the campus and facilities, and gather information on other activities NARI undertakes throughout the country.
This event will provide the chance to people to find out more about the research and development activities undertaken by NARI in the high altitude highlands region of PNG and how they can source and adopt them.
Preparations are well under way to stage the event with the local MP and Minister for Civil Aviation, Benjamin Poponawa, confirmed as the chief guest.
Major activities that are to be displayed and demonstrated include kaukau (sweet potato) silage-making for pig feed, village broiler production, improved pasture species, wheat milling and cooking, high-yielding pyrethrum clones, early-maturing kaukau varieties, and mini tuber production of selected potato clones.
Representatives from divisions of primary industry in Enga and Western Highlands provinces, Enga Pyrethrum Company, National Development Bank, National Micro-Bank, Correctional Services of Baisu, Porgera Joint Venture, Christian Leaders Training College, Tambul/Nebilyer district administration, Fresh Produce Development Agency, Jiwaka Women’s Association, Highlands Farmers and Piggery Association, MKL Vegetables, Laiagam district project office, farmers, school children, and the general public are expected to attend.

NARI officers (left) explaining the various potato clones tested in PNG for resistance against potato late blight during the second annual field day in Tambul in 2009.
Field days such as the one to be staged in Tambul are one of the means that NARI uses to allow stakeholders to come together to share information, exchange views and see for themselves the agricultural technologies and innovations being developed and tested.
NARI is using various ways and means to be effective in innovation systems approach, which includes: agricultural innovations shows, community-based resource centres, information centres, regional research and development advisory committees, commodity committees, public and private sector partnerships, piloting and out-scaling and up-scaling models, and innovations systems approach to research and development.

Silage making from sweet potato for feeding pigs will be one of the technologies demonstrated at the field day: Michael Dom of NARI demonstrating the technology to visitors to NARI’s fourth innovation show at Bubia outside Lae last May.
NARI also shares its innovations and technologies through the media, various shows and other major events, various publications, audio-visual products, newsletter, and its website (
Similar open days are organised in all NARI regional centres around the country including the annual innovations show which will be staged on May 5 at the Sir Alkan Tololo Research Centre at Bubia, outside Lae.

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