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Envoy: Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry Has Export Potential

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HEAD of delegation and EU ambassador to PNG Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyroplous says agriculture, fisheries and forestry can offer the country more export potential.
He said many countries were now using trade to develop and PNG could do so too.
“These are three key renewable sectors that can offer PNG more. Perhaps not through the form of special agriculture and business leases but with the landowners fully involved as co-beneficiaries,” Argyroplous said.
“There is no doubt that there is a global demand for sustainable green products from forestry, fisheries and agriculture – which is set to steeply increase.”
He said global growth was expected to be generated by emerging economies particularly in Asia.
Argyroplous was speaking during the launching of the national trade policy (2017-2032) last week.
“The European Union acknowledges the efforts and advancements for PNG promoting the whole government approach to address the issue,” he said.
“Based on these experiences, the European Union encourages PNG to play a more prominent role and support other countries to fight against illegal fishing in the Pacific.”
He said the EU was assisting and strengthening the capacity of the Department of Trade, Commerce and Industry “through inclusive progress where we involve all stakeholders, private sector and civil society who are beneficiaries of the policies”.

 

http://www.thenational.com.pg/envoy-agriculture-fisheries-forestry-export-potential/

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Call To Improve Timber Value

THE Director of PNG Forest Institute in Lae, Dr Martin Golman, has called for institutions to work together to promote the downstream processing of timber and improve its value.

 

He made this call last Friday during a workshop by several partners from PNG and Australia to enhance value-added wood processing in the country.

 

“Collaborative support from every organisation can improve downstream processing of timber in the country. Only 20 per cent of timber is processed here while 80 per cent is exported and processed overseas so we must work together to increase that,” he said.

 

Dr Golman highlighted that processing of timber in the country promoted the Governments’  policy of downstream processing.

 

“Small-scale timber producers who produce 500 to 5,000 cubic meters of timber can treat process their timber before exporting,” he said.

 

Head of the Department of Forestry at University of Technology Dr Mex Peki said that downstream processing of timber could be improved through more research.

 

“By 2030, we want more than 80 per cent of our timber to be processed here in the country. This can be achieved through continuous support from institutions,” he said.

 

The workshop is was funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, PNG Forest Research Institute, Unitech, PNG Timber and Forest Industry Training College and PNG Forest Industries Association.

via: The National [15/08/17]

Corporation keen to train cadets

Corporation keen to train cadets

The Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) is looking forward to train more students in tertiary institutions under its industrial and cadetship programmes.

 
CIC’s human resources officer Leks Paul said they have an ongoing programme to train graduates and current students in tertiary institutions studying agricultural-related courses through internships and cadetships.

 
“We have two programmes for developing graduates, the industrial or internship, and cadetship programmes,” Paul said.
“In cadetship programmes, we do hire graduates for two to three years employment.”
He said after the training, the graduates were brought into the corporation based on their performance.

 
Under industrial training, students were given hands-on experience out in the field during their breaks.

 
Paul said the industry assisted students do their research, reports and final-year projects as aprerequisite for their university studies.

 
“The industry is interested in encouraging graduate programmes to develop and train the next generation of human resources.”

 
Paul said the corporation took in graduates under the programme based on institutions producing agricultural graduates for their development. He said they
also took in students studying finance, management and administration courses under the programmes for non-agricultural institutions.

 
Paul was at the University of Technology career fair last Friday in Lae promoting the corporation’s programme in human resource development.
He said the programme was ongoing and as long as institutions produced graduates
that they would always take students in for training and development.

Chocolate brand supports farmers to boost quality

By ELIZABETH VUVU
QUEEN Emma Chocolate, a subsidiary of Paradise Foods Limited, is supporting local cocoa farmers to look after their plots to produce quality cocoa, a company official says.
The official, general manager Karina Makori, was speaking during the Air Niugini Cocoa Warwagira last week in Kokopo.
She said cocoa has been around for so many years and the company which was established in 2012 added value to the commodity.
“We have now a value-added product and are not just exporting but we can have something from our own cocoa on our shelves that visitors can buy and take back into their countries.”
Makori said PNG has the standard to meet cocoa quality and there was demand for chocolate.
“Paradise Foods’ Queen Emma has made chocolate affordable for people today,” she said.
“We have been making commercial bars since Feb last year at the chocolate factory in Port Moresby.”
The chocolate company is  proud to be working with farmers from Bougainville, their biggest supplier, as well the Lower Watut Cooperative Society in Morobe, the Tree Kangaroo Foundation in Madang and growers from Milne Bay. Last week she encouraged farmers in East New Britain to also become suppliers.
“Our social responsibility to the people is through downstream processing of cocoa as the livelihood of many farmers in rural area depends on cocoa.”

http://www.thenational.com.pg/chocolate-brand-supports-farmers-boost-quality/

El Nino warning issued

BY GRACE AUKA SALMANG

Papua New Guinea must prepare for a potential El Nino weather phenomena in August, which could bring drier than normal conditions, the National Disaster Centre warned yesterday.

National Disaster Centre acting director Martin Mose said preparations on this potential El Nino should not be taken lightly.

“We have all witnessed the events of various El Nino’s in the past, and currently we can see and feel that during the day time, it is much warmer and there are cooler and colder nights.

“In 2015 and 2016, more than 2.4 million Papua New Guineans were affected by El Nino, where almost 400,000 people faced food insecurity,” he said.

Mr Mose said aside from food insecurity and malnutrition, the 2015 El Nino induced drought also created a number of other critical needs including water shortages, lack of proper sanitation and increased incidences of communicable diseases.

“The shortage of water led to the closure of many schools and the economic impact of that phenomenon was estimated to be widespread, affecting small to medium size businesses as well as bigger industries such as mining and agriculture,” he said.

National Weather Service assistant director forecasting and warning centre Jimmy Gomoga said that the World Meteorological Organisation had, since March, reported a 50 percent likelihood of a return to El Nino in the second half of 2017.

“When moving into El Nino, scientist are monitoring the Central Pacific where there is an increase in the temperature.

“Some of the El Nino impacts on the weather parametres are that, when the Central Pacific experiences warmer temperature, reduced rainfall in the Western Pacific where the temperatures become cooler, drought conditions experienced, and there is delay on the onset of the monsoon with also reduced number of tropical cyclones,” he said.

He said the temperature was warmer due to the reduced cloud cover, where the sun’s energy comes right through, therefore, during the daytime, it is much warmer and at night, it is very cold.

“For the highlands, there will be colder nights with extremely increased frost hazards,” he said.

Mr Mose was pleased that PNG has adopted a systematic approach to planning for the actions.

“It is important that we start with technical inputs from experts as such from National Weather Service, Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES), to share with us the likely climate impacts and location of the likely impacts on analysis of the historical climate data.

http://postcourier.com.pg/el-nino-warning-issued/

Comply with World Bank Procurement Process and Guidelines to Serve Farmers Better

*** Officers Told to Follow World Bank Guidelines ***

Officers engaged with Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project must comply with World Bank procurement process and guidelines to serve farmers better.

This was the message given to 18 officers employed as project coordinators, extension officers and data entry clerks by project manager Potaisa Hombunaka.

The officers attended a one-day training in Goroka recently.

“There is no short cut in the PPAP modality. We have to comply with the rules of engagement when it comes to procuring goods and services,” Hombunaka said.

The participants work for partnerships who are implementing coffee rehabilitation work in Goroka.

The activities included improving farmers’ coffee gardens, setting up nurseries for coffee seedlings and carrying out improved post-harvest practices in cluster groups.

The training was conducted by Procurement Consultant Theresa Witi. It was the first time the officers in Eastern Highlands to gain an insight into World Bank’s procurement and tender process conducted by Coffee Industry Corporation through its PPAP coffee component.

The National Newspaper May 24, 2017

PM O’Neill Launches K23 Million Agro-Farming

Enga Province celebrated another milestone achievement with the opening of one of the largest Agro farming operations in Enga Province.

Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill opened the K23 million Innovative Agri Industrial centre at Surinki that will supply 200 tonnes of fresh produce for the both the local and international market.

An elated Governor Sir Peter lpatas, said Engans were known to turn disadvantages into advantages through education where prominent Engans led in all sectors of the nation and soon in Agriculture also.

In what was an abandoned agriculture station, riddled with tribal fights, stands today a modern agriculture industrial centre, built under a Public Private Partnership with Innovative Agro Industry.

The IAI centre will become the nucleus agro farm that will engage hundreds of local growers throughout the province. Governor Ipatas said the Innovative Agri Industrial centre would supply the nation with quality potatoes, onions, carrots and a variety of strawberries that will also be exported to overseas markets.

Amongst the many farmers engaged by the IAI centre, twelve young men and women underwent extensive academic and practical training in Israel to provide extension services to farmers in their communities.

PM O’Neill officially opened the farm, and presented K5 million to the Governor from the national government and congratulated the Governor, the people of Surinki for delivering the project ahead of schedule despite numerous challenges.

The PM said that such ventures were part and parcel of the policies delivered by the O’Neill-Dion Government that create opportunities for Papua New Guineans in rural areas. Executive Chairman Illan Weiss of the IAI centre said the project also included the 9 mile farm outside Port Moresby, Koroba and Tari Piwa farms in Hela and the soon to build, llimo Dairy Farm in Central Province.

He also said the SHP IAI centre and the development of agriculture in East Sepik are part of the development plans for the agriculture sector in the country.

Friday April 14 2017

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