Trukai-UNITECH Rice Research

A rice research project that will be carrlied out by TrukaiIndustry andthe University of Technology in Lae is expected to changethe face of rice farming in Papua New Guinea

The research project is part of Trukai’s wider rice industry aimed at developing rice cultivation techniques and identifying places conducive for rice cultivation.

About 98 percent of rice sold in shops are products imported mainly from Asian countries like Thailand and Vietnam to serve a dedicatePNG consumer market.

Betthere are plans to change that so that Papua New Guineacan be an exporter of rice, rther than an importer.

Earlier today TukaiIndustries andthe University of Tecnology signed an MoU asthe second phase tothe rice project. The head of surveying and land studies, Proffessor Dilip Kumar Pal, has confidence inthe project.

The rice project will look at increasing food security, and improving small-scale farming, turningthem into commercial rice production.    

UNITECH’s head of agriculture department said Papua New Guineahas potential in farming and exporting rice, which has been ignored in pasts years.
Chief executive officer of TrukaiIndustries, Marc Donavan, said today thatthe project will be assisted withthe use of high definition technologies. The entire project costs about K500, 000.00.


While thirty-nine new varieties of rice were imported to be researched on,the development of a large-scale commercial trial is also awaiting agreement fromthe national government.  

The research is expected to changethe face of rice cultivation in Papua New Guinea

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