by Bethanie Harriman – EMTV News, Lae
The National Agricultural Research Institute with the assistant of the Taiwanese government is planting rice for local farmers.
It comes when rural parts of the country are recovering from last years El Nino and sudden rain that destroyed food gardens.
Rice crops intended for recovery include Taiwanese specie growing on fields at Bubia, NARI’s Headquarters in the Morobe Province.
Papua New Guinea is not totally dependent on development partners, but some continue to assist during times of drought and the current economic downturn when money is stretched.
On the May 31, another partner, ROC Taiwan, showed its support, this time agriculture focused on rice development.
The Taiwanese rice field day was attended by Taiwan’s Head of mission, Herman T.C Chiu, to see the technical and expertise support given to NARI.
“We support the governments response to the adverse affects brought about by the El Nino,” says Herman.
The partnership with Republic of China on Taiwan, NARI and the National Agricultural department spans 26 years.
Agriculture development continues to be a key sector of interest for ROC Taiwan, especially farmer training skills and knowledge to help farmers become Agricultural Small to medium entrepreneurs.