Pacific Adventist University houses 25-hectare PHL-PNG demo rice farm

Pacific Adventist University, located approximately 21 kilometers from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, is housing the 25-hectare Philippines-Papua New Guinea Rice Demonstration Farm.

The said demo farm, a leased facility, aims to establish a model seed farm that can be a source of certified rice seeds for commercial and smallholder farmers of Papua New Guinea.

Philippine officials inspected the said facility on November 16.

Philippines and Papua New Guinea, during the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte for the APEC Summit, signed a five-year Memorandum Of Agreement ( MOA ) for greater cooperation on agriculture.

Among the areas of cooperation under the agreement include tie-up on rice and grain production including the development of hybrid species; production of coconut, cocoa, coffee, rubber, and palm oil; horticulture production; aquaculture and inland fish farming; post-harvest development; livestock breeding; and improvement in breeding cattle and goat.

The agreement also covers training on bio-security mechanism and systems for monitoring including sanitary and phytosanitary measures; agribusiness development; infrastructure development such as irrigation facilities and abattoirs; and agricultural research, education, and training.

The cooperation will also cover investment in agriculture; exchange of professionals, scientists, and technicians; transfer of genetic materials and technology; exchange of scientific and technical information; and collaboration on studies and research.

Both parties can also organize workshops, symposia, training courses, and exhibition on related subjects.

Under the agreement, the sending country shall cover the expenses for international travels and related cost while the receiving state shall be responsible for the expenses related to transportation and board and lodging.