Nari to mark 21st anniversary by hosting agriculture show


NATIONAL Agriculture Research Institute (Nari) will stage its 10th Agricultural Innovations Show (AIS) at the Sir Alkan Tololo Research Centre, Bubia, outside Lae this week.
The two-day event tomorrow and Thursday will coincide with Nari’s 21st anniversary and will be held around the theme “Our bio-security, our food and nutrition, our health”.
The theme also aligns with the stakeholder policy forum that will be held on Thursday.
The policy forum will focus on poultry bio-security, which is the highlight of the year, and jointly hosted by PNG Poultry Association and Nari.
Also at the forum, there will be provisional release of two sweet potato varieties to the farming community.
The AIS has become a popular annual event since its inception in 2007 and values the importance of innovations and inventions, and creates and promotes awareness on the significant role of research, science and technology for innovative agricultural and rural development.
The idea behind AIS is to create an appropriate avenue where relevant players in agriculture and rural development come together to share information and knowledge.
The players promote their innovations, inventions, products and produce and also learn from each other.
Since 2007, partners has grown to over 40 research and development organisations, extension service providers, education and higher learning institutions, companies, non-government organisations, women’s groups, and farmer and community groups participating.
Ten organisations sponsored the event last year with Trukai Industries Ltd as platinum sponsor.
Trukai has again taken up the platinum sponsor for this year’ show with an allocation of K10,000.
Other sponsors that have jumped on the bandwagon to support the show include Mainland Holdings, Prime Travel, National Development Bank, SP Brewery and Brian Bell. Morobe government’s official confirmation to participate in the AIS is pending.