Chang, C and Bonney, L and Griffith, G and Maino, G, Assessing the potential for expanding vegetable production in Central Province, Papua New Guinea, Australian Agribusiness Perspectives, 103 Article 103. ISSN 1442-6951 (2015) [Professional, Refereed Article]
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Our key finding was that none of the four locations (6 Mile, Laloki, Bomana and Brown River), initially selected based on their proximity to Port Moresby, were good candidates for commercial vegetable production because of issues of land capability and land tenure. However, when the scope was extended beyond the initial 30 kilometre radius, we found that several areas warranted further consideration, including the Rigo District, Hiri West and Hiri East. Although they are more distant from Port Moresby, they appear to be potential candidates because: there is no land tenure issue; growing vegetables is their only source of income; and farmers are already working in groups to supply supermarkets. Other areas, such as the Sogeri Plateau, Kupiano, the Vanapa River and Goilala, may have very high agricultural potential and fertile soils, but poor transport infrastructure remains a serious challenge for agricultural development.
Given that increased production can be achieved through improving productivity of existing farmers and/or through opening up new production districts, different strategies will be required for the three different areas identified based on their comparative advantages and disadvantages. In the short term, it appears that production can be increased by improving productivity and access to water of farmers in the peri-urban areas and the Rigo/Hiri Districts. In the medium to longer term, more and more production could, with improved transport and marketing infrastructure, come from areas that are further afield such as Sogeri, Kupiano, the Vanapa River and Goilala. However, the market situation in Port Moresby is in a state of flux, on both the demand and supply fronts. Continued research, and ongoing monitoring of the market situation, is essential to allow informed decision making for the relevant industry and development agencies.
|Item Type:||Professional, Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||vegetable demand, vegetable production, feasibility study, Central Province, Papua New Guinea|
|Research Division:||Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences|
|Research Group:||Agriculture, Land and Farm Management|
|Research Field:||Agricultural Land Management|
|Objective Division:||Plant Production and Plant Primary Products|
|Objective Group:||Horticultural Crops|
|Author:||Bonney, L (Associate Professor Laurie Bonney)|
|Deposited By:||Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture|
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