China Agri Partnership Looks Positive, Says Num
The Juncao mushroom and upland rice industries are the second and third largest agriculture industries in the Eastern Highlands Province after coffee.
This was stated by Eastern Highlands Governor, Peter Numu during the first China-PNG joint economic and trade video conference via internet video link recently while in Goroka.
Mr Numu said in terms of Chinese aided projects had achieved positive results.
“Today we see over 700 farmers participating in the production of Juncao technology and over 3000 households participating in the production of upland rice technology,” he said.
“After the launching of the Chinese Aid in 2019, the base has already produced more than 52,000 bags of mushroom tubes for daily demonstration and promotion of Juncao mushroom cultivation, mushroom management and harvesting fresh mushroom for the local market.”
“Juncao technology has adapted very well addressing the needs of the rural population in helping create wealth, achieving good nutrition health, promote food security and reduce poverty.
The technology is environment-friendly and addresses climate change and environmental degradation.
Upland rice farming technology was popularised in Goroka, Henganofi, Unggai-Bena, Asaro and Lufa.
More than 5000 person-times of planting and harvesting techniques of upland rice have been conducted in the fields, more than 1000 kilograms of upland rice seeds have been distributed to upland rice demonstration to households, and more than 1000 kilograms of chemical fertilisers have been provided to upland rice demonstration households.
Materials such as threshers, sickles, bags and canvas were provided free of charge to dry rice demonstration households to help them harvest upland rice.