PNG Can Learn From India To Enhance Agriculture, Says Chow
Papua New Guinea can learn from other countries to improve agricultural productivity, says Fresh Produce Development Agency chairman Fabian Chow. With limited machinery and fertilisers unlike industrialised or developed countries, there are several agricultural models in countries like India which PNG could learn from to further commercialise agriculture.
Food Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations reports say that India is the world’s largest producer for milk, the second largest producer in rice and one of the leading producers in spice, fish and livestock despite being the second most populous country in the world.
FAO said although India contributes about 25 per cent of the world production in agriculture, it still found it hard to feed it’s growing population but look on the bright side, the good that was reported about India’s success on the world market could be a lesson to farmers and agricultural agencies in PNG including FPDA.
Therefore Mr Chow thinks that if PNG continued to map out it’s strategies to make agriculture the main export earner and sell its produce on the international markets, then PNG had to adopt several ideas from outside not to replace the traditional or existing style but to modify in order for agriculture in PNG to excel.
“I’ve talked with people at NARI and I’ve seem videos and other examples and I think India is the way to go,” Mr Chow said.
“The way they do agriculture and the structures and policies they have from the ground level up into the world market must be studied by Papua New Guineans. “Their models can help us see how production can get onto the world market and that’s the challenge for all of us involved in agriculture.
“I know of some Papua New Guineans that have gone to India and have returned with enhance skills in agriculture so I call on the Indian High Commission and the PNG Government to look into these possibilities further.”
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