The Agriculture and Livestock Department has moved a step ahead by digitalising all its past land based agricultural reports.
With the help of Pacific Manuscripts Bureau based in Australia National University, the department successfully converted five hundred and ninety nine manual reports to electronic copies.
A formal launch was held today in Port Moresby, to hand over the electronic documents to the department.
A team of sixteen officers, supervised by Doctor Chris Dekuku, successfully compiled the manual reports to electronic soft copies.
The reports were from the 1940s to 2005.
The reports digitized are mainly about soil and land use, and classification of agriculture suitable in various soil categories around the country.
After the NARI office in Kerevat went up in flames in 2011, the department has taken up this initiative to preserve the files and reports electronically.
Secretary, Doctor Vele Pat Ila’ava, congratulated the team for converting the hard copies to electronic pdf files.
Pacific Manuscripts Bureau Executive Officer, Kylie Moloney, said the reports will be available through an off line database with DAL.
The team used a still camera to capture pictures and narratives using JPEG format, and then converted them to PDF files.
Today, Pacific Manuscripts Bureau officially handed over the electronic versions to secretary Ila’ava.
The original and electronic copies can be accessed at the DAL head office and the National Archives.
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