Thirty-six students from the University of Technology’s Forestry College in Bulolo made a brief visit to NARI as part of a learning tour on September 26. The students, in their second year of study in forestry, met and interacted with staff from the Momase Regional Centre, learning about identifying diseases and pests affecting corn, sweetpotato, taro, and banana.
Their tour ended at the biotechnology laboratory where they learned about the collection of disease samples from affected crops, equipment used to identify diseases, and control measures to minimize the spread of pests and diseases. NARI has worked in collaboration with other stakeholders on projects such as the Banana Wilt Associated Phytoplasma affecting local Marafuri banana in Markham, and Bogia Coconut Syndrome in Madang.
The thirty-six forestry students from the University of Technology’s Forestry College in Bulolo expressed gratitude after their brief visit to NARI.