The National, Friday October 11th, 2013
THE National Agriculture Research Institute highlands regional centre at Tambul, in Western Highlands, staged an agricultural innovation show on Tuesday.
Highland farmers specialising in food crops and livestock attended.
The show coincided with the opening of the new office complex and NARI Tambul research and development programme’s 10th anniversary celebration.
Representatives of non-government organisations, private sector, community groups, extension providers and innovative farmers attended.
It demonstrated how NARI had helped farmers.
On show were potato clones resistant to potato late blight disease, livestock feeding systems, yielding pyrethrum clones, frost and drought coping strategies and activities undertaken in the region by the seven NARI centres in the country.
Jiwaka Governor Dr William Tongamp, Tambul-Nebilyer MP Benjamin Poponawa, NARI general manager Dr Raghunath Ghodake, NARI council deputy chairman Joe Tomorop and Fresh Produce Development Authority general manager Greg Liripu attended.
Ghodake (pictured) said information and views were exchanged.
He said 15% of the population lived at the altitudes of 1,800m to 2,800m above sea level.
“We are now displaying the technologies and information materials to help these people,” he said.