FARMER DEMAND DRIVEN EXTENSION - Facilitation for Empowerment - Farmer-farmer exchanges, Farmers Field Schools (CCI) and Participatory Technology Development (NARI)
EXTENSION MODELS OVER 30 YRS
BLOCK MANAGMENT TRAINING
OUTCOME FROM BLOCK MANAGEMENT TRAINING
Agriculture Department aims to strengthen these functions & links Research Industries Extension Teaching
effective education and training
Research within (staff & students) and with collaborators
Better transfer research findings to end users
Linkages with key stakeholders
University Education Core Components of Agricultural Education
Adequate consultation at community level allows for rural communities to participate and take ownership of livelihood income generation projects
Partnership with women, men and youth in commercial taro production using IPMS
Taro as source of food security and income
Floriculture as a source of income and women empowerment
NEXT GENERATION PNG FARMER
SO WHERE TO FROM HERE?? (1)
There should be a comprehensive review of the policies and legislations that govern the manner in which agricultural extension services are managed and provided nationally.
This will address the defects of the dual policies of decentralization and corporatization. In the past, institutional changes and improvements were largely focused on major export crops, and relatively less importance was accorded to smallholder food crops and livestock, despite successive statements by the government espousing broad-based and balanced development of the agriculture sector.
SO WHERE TO FROM HERE?? (2)
The reform process should determine clearly the roles and responsibilities of the lead agency in agriculture, and that of all participating agencies at the national, provincial, and local level. This will ensure that acceptable guidelines are put in place for the operational and technical linkages among the diverse set of institutions, the mechanism(s) for their cooperation and coordination, and priorities for their funding.
SO WHERE TO FROM HERE?? (3)
The reformed lead agency of the sector should be a lean, vibrant, responsive and a progressive organization. It is a policy setter, and a facilitator of financial and technical support to all implementing agencies, who are bound by sound business principles and good governance. The lead agency shall also ensure that information on the status of extension and advisory services in PNG is kept updated for future planning purposes.
SO WHERE TO FROM HERE?? (4)
The status and roles of NARS in the development of technologies, and the delivery of agricultural innovations should be reviewed, with the view of consolidation and streamlining of roles, programs, and activities. The current effort in formalizing a national NARS policy forum is a start in this direction.
SO WHERE TO FROM HERE?? (5)
There should be a concerted effort by the Government and authorities to strengthen the private sector interests and formalize their participation in the delivery of agricultural services. Presently many private service providers operate either as individuals or as members of informal groupings. The government support should include financing of their network, formal registration, training and mentoring, and regular monitoring of performances.