Fidelis Hela calls it a day after 24 years

​ Fidelis Hela recently folded a colourful career in agriculture, serving the institute for 24 years after starting out with the Department of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries in 1978. LAES (Lowland Agriculture Experimentation Station) was where Fidelis began his journey,…

Addressing golden apple snails needs team effort

Scientists involved in rice production are now challenged to address an incursion of the golden apple snail (GAS). Although it is not serious in nature, control measures need to be put in place and assessed for its effectiveness. Cultural control…

Climate change is real says farmers

The negative effects of climate change is real says farmers from Gabsongkec village of Wampar local level government in Huon district. Ottob and Maryanne Ferea who have been farming fresh produce expressed that climate change is affecting their crops. They…

Working with partners important to research

Working with many stakeholders and partners concerned with climate change and improving people’s livelihoods in the provinces are important to ensure best research oriented activities; technologies and useful information is accessible and translated into positive outcomes. NARI Strategic Planner and…

Screen house ensures good quality planting materials

Disease-free and well maintained planting materials will ensure healthy and high yielding harvests of crops. Therefore, commercial sweetpotato farmers especially in the Highlands region are financially investing in igloos or screen houses to grow out their sweetpotato plants in a…

30 lead farmers trained as trainers

A week-long training of trainers’ workshop was run from 14 to 18 February, with support from the European Union. The workshop focused on basic aspects of natural resource (soil and water) management, crops farming, livestock husbandry, and food processing for…

Counting rice tillers in the rice field

NARI is currently working on a project called the ‘On-station evaluation and selection of suitable 64 rice varieties in PNG’. The project aims to observe and collect important agronomical data like the tillering (flowering) ability of each rice variety in…

Participants learn how to make wooden rice mill

Participants to a weeklong training on making Kisar, a wooden milling technology were challenged to become custodians of climate smart farming. Kisar an adapted technology from Indonesia is comprised of male and female components, are used to husk rice. Farmer…

Ucapu rice farmers pleased with harvest

A rice farmer group in the fringes of Lae City recently harvested their biggest crop, estimated at 2.5 tonnes per hectare. In their 8th year of growing the crop, the Ucapu Rice Farmer Group’s success is attributed to NARI and…