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Technique anticipated to improve small holder farmers

09/08/2018

A new technique developed by the Morobe Fisheries Corporative Society in Morobe province is picking up interest among communities in the province.

A new technique developed by the Morobe Fisheries Corporative Society in Morobe province is picking up interest among communities in the province.

This was revealed by Albertha Tumune, a representative from the society during the food security week meeting in Port Moresby.

She highlighted real experiences that small holder women farmers are going through with agriculture and fisheries in the province.It is hoped that this innovation will change people’s livelihood.

"It’s a technology we recently developed as a result of climate change effects, environmental damages, bleaching of coral reefs and depletion of stock, so it had helped or stimulated the thoughts of corporative to go into another step of farming.

There are 700 aqua phonic farmers in the province, while 3quaters of the populations are into aquaculture and having been doing small scale fish farming for consumption while surplus is sold . This is mainly to promote food security and compliment their diets.

But Tumune added that irregularities on fish feeds have been a problem for the local farmers.

"In Papua New Guinea we don’t have a regular supply of fish feed (example” Niugini Tablebird, they assist their farmers by providing them feeds).

"Unlike aqua culture and aqua phonics, we don’t have large companies producing fish feed so that is a challenge for us.

"At the moment we have our parent company National Fisheries Authority, they try to fill the gap by bringing fish feed from overseas and they sell to fish farmers. Its working only in the urban areas and not in rural areas," Ms Tumune said.

She explained that this aqua phonic technology developed has been trialed among community farmers in the province and has received a positive response

Meantime, alternative materials have been identified to implement the project while waiting for manufactured PVC pole liners and Air Raters from Asia.

"That’s why it’s important we attend such meetings to networking with the other economies.

"We are convinced that our produce is organic and I’m amazed that many economies are interested in our organic grown food, vegetables and fish.

"We’d like to take this opportunity to build our network and find external investors who are interested to buy from us," she said.

It is anticipated that the pilot project will be implemented next month once the materials are brought in. Identified areas are, Markham, Wampar LLG, Kaiapit and Bumayong and Situm.