Wednesday, November 23, 2011

NARI hosts rice stakeholders' workshop


Rice development efforts in Papua New Guinea have received on- and -off attention in recent years. Attempts have been uncoordinated and therefore lack organised information, co-ordination, well-researched policy and strategy for rice development in PNG.
 Participants listen attentively to NARI director general Dr Ragunath Ghodake’s opening remarks

Different departments, institutions and organisations work in isolation of each other and lake proper and coordinated partnership and collaboration.
There is a need to get realistic and well-shared understanding of various constrains, opportunities and arising issues in rice research and development so that this issues can be address.
To identity the constrains and potential rice development opportunities, a two-day rice stakeholder workshop was hosted this week by the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) at its Momase Regional Centre in Lae, engaging key players in the area of rice research, policy and development to share their experiences, achievements and understanding of their roles and responsibilities.
The workshop was designed to meet the following objectives:
• To assess and understand rice research and development programmes and activities implemented and undertaken by different stakeholders, including progressive rice farmers;

• To identify and prioritise their different constrains and opportunities and emanating issues in rice research and development in PNG;

• To review and decide on key aspects to be covered by rice production survey and development implementation plan; and

• To explore opportunities for partnership and collaboration between stakeholder and agree on modalities of collaboration for rice research and development..

The participants included representatives from the national and provincial agriculture, Organisation for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement ( OISCA), Christian Leaders Training College (CLTC), Community Development Initiative-Kutubu, Japan International Cooperation Agency, ROC Taiwan, PNG Women in Agriculture Development Foundation (PNGWiADF), Territory Packaging, National Voluntary Service (NVS) – Erap, NARI and rice farmers.

Rice stakeholders during the rice stakeholders’ workshop host by NARI at the NARI Momase Regional Centre in Bubia, Morobe.

The two-day workshop started on Tuesday and ended yesterday.

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