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Taiwan Technical Mission in PNG Helping Local Farmers

The Taiwan Technical Mission in PNG has been conducting trainings with small scale farmers on ways to plant, manage and harvest local produce.

This is done through their Farmers for Corporation Project that is a partnership program between Department of Agriculture and Livestock and the National Agriculture Research Institute.

A field day for the farmers will be organised by the Mission next week to showcase their food crops.

The objective of the event is to market the farmers’ produce to stakeholders who will be attending.

The Taiwan Technical Mission in Papua New Guinea has been in PNG since 2015.

The project is a partnership program with Department of Agriculture and Livestock and the National Agriculture and Research Institute of PNG.

The focus of the project is to help small scale farmers improve their farming skills.

EMTV News visited a display plot where we saw a group of women working the rice field. The rice originates from Taiwan and has been in the country for more than 15 years.

What was planted is now harvested is the variety called TCS 10 long grain rice. A hectare of this rice field contains 3,500 Kilograms that equates to 3.5 tonnes.

After they are processed in a rice hey would then be taken to this site where it will be dried for three days to be used as seeds to distribute to rice farmers.

The Project Technician, Eric, Yi-Chung Huang said the training is not only for rice farmers but also for farmers interested in others food crops and vegetables.

Taiwan Technical Mission is located in other Pacific Islands. In PNG, the organisation has a project site at Laloki in Port Moresby while it runs another two in Lae.

A field day would be organised next week to help small-scale farmers showcase and market their local produce.

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