Agriculture Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Agriculture & Fisheries from The Report: Papua New Guinea 2017

With a seemingly endless supply of fertile land, the agriculture sector in Papua New Guinea has enormous potential to strengthen the economy and increase the prosperity of local farmers. While a number of challenges stand in the way of these opportunities, PNG’s organic and fair trade credentials are gradually opening high-value niche markets and bolstering export figures. As such, the advancement of crop production is a major priority for the government. As the largest employment sector and the third-largest export revenue generator, agriculture is widely recognised as the country’s best means of diversifying its basket of goods and easing reliance on extractive industries. This chapter contains interviews with Ilan Weiss, Chairman, Innovative Agro Industry and Sir Brown Bai, Director, New Britain Palm Oil.
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The Department of Agriculture (DoA) has announced a raft of programmes planned for 2018 aimed at boosting farm productivity, though ensuring their viability will depend partly on funding allocations in the government’s proposed 2018 budget. 

Se prevé que el gasto de recuperación planeado para El Niño beneficiará al sector agrícola peruano, una de las industrias más afectadas por el patrón climático que destrozó las infraestructuras y los cultivos en el periodo de enero a marzo.

Against a backdrop of uncertainty in its food security environment, Qatar is working to boost the agricultural and livestock sectors, primarily through building capacity.

 

What issues need to be addressed to enable growth in the domestic agriculture sector?

 

Papua New Guinea has a long history in agriculture, with archaeologists dating its origins in the country to approximately 7000 years ago. It is thought that tribes in the Wahgi Valley in PNG were among the first to grow and harvest some of the staple food crops that are valued today, such as sugar cane and banana. People in PNG still employ...

 

With an eye on high-value niche markets, the policymakers of Papua New Guinea are determined to rehabilitate the domestic coffee industry, while also capitalising on growing international demand. In order to realise these goals, numerous issues will need to be addressed. In addition to unstable commodity prices, a combination of short- and...