20 villagers undergo vegetable cultivation and management training

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TWENTY people from Potsy village in Morobe province, now have a better understanding of how to cultivate  and manage different types of vegetables in their gardens after undergoing a three-month vegetable farming training.
Thanks to the South Pacific Institute of Sustainable Agriculture Research and Development (SPISARD), the outreach arm of the agriculture department at the PNG University of Technology, the six men and 14 women learnt to grow vegetables in a nursery, planting, managing the vegetables, and when to harvest.
The training which started in June was conducted by the department’s technical officers Joshua Yauwo, David Arapi and Amos Kairi at the village which is located near Markham River on the Wau-Bulolo highway. Capsicums, tomatoes, pak choi, cabbage and spring onions were some of the vegetable that they learnt to grow.
A graduation ceremony was held last week, where the participants were awarded certificates.
Silas Jonah, on behalf of the participants, thanked the department and the university for coming down to their level to impart vital knowledge to them.