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Pyrethrum research in the high altitude highlands of Papua New Guinea


Sitango, K and Lindsay, E and Gracie, A and Brown, P and Wright, J and Chung, B, Pyrethrum research in the high altitude highlands of Papua New Guinea, Acta Horticulturae, 2-4 November 2011, Launceston, Australia, pp. 49-52. ISSN 0567-7572 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Copyright 2015 ISHS Acta Horticulturae

DOI: doi:10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1073.5


Pyrethrum was introduced into the highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and was an attractive cash crop that sustained the livelihood of some 65-85,000 people. Unfortunately, the pyrethrum extraction factory closed during 1995 and growers lost interest in this crop. In 2003, the Enga Provincial Government invested funds to modernise the pyrethrum extraction factory and seek international support to assist the local industry. In 2007, a broadly based team consisting of the Enga Provincial Government, PNG National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), Botanical Resources Australia Pty Ltd (BRA) and the Tasmania Institute of Agricultural Research (TIAR) was successful in obtaining a major funding grant from The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to recommercialise the pyrethrum industry in PNG. This project supported R&D trials to improve the local plant material, improved growing and harvesting practices that was appropriate for the local growers and assisted in the refurbishment of the pyrethrum extraction factory. This project was very successful and the pyrethrum industry appears to have a sustainable future, but would very much benefit from ongoing support by NARI and the Enga Provincial Government.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:pyrethrum, PNG, ACIAR, re-commercialisation, research and development
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural production
Research Field:Horticultural crop growth and development
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Industrial crops
Objective Field:Plant extract crops
UTAS Author:Gracie, A (Associate Professor Alistair Gracie)
ID Code:107154
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2016-03-07
Last Modified:2018-09-03

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