Monday, October 9, 2017 - 12:15

The Department of Agriculture played host to a visiting team of eight agribusiness students and one academic staff member from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Australia. The CSU team arrived in Lae 23rd August 2017 on a two-week visit to the Department of Agriculture and other agricultural establishments in PNG with the broad aim of gaining a greater understanding of the agriculture, culture and environment of PNG.The visit formed part of activities designed to strengthen linkages and develop collaboration under an MOU signed in 2010 between the two Universities. The MOU provided for the development of collaborative education and research programs; organization of joint academic activities such as courses and conferences; as well as staff and student exchange programs.

Two forums were organized during the visit to share ideas on how the CSU and Unitech staff and students could potentially work together in the future on research projects (honours/masters and PhD level) across the two institutions and use technology to achieve this. Discussions at the forums were preceded by presentations which focussed on current state of agriculture in both PNG and Australia, as well as current research and project work being undertaken by the students and faculty of both institutions. While at Unitech the CSU team visited the University Farm, the Unitech small scale farming project site at Munix village, the Rainforest Habitat and the main Lae Market. The team also visited other agricultural establishments including the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), Trukai Industries, Mainland Holdings, and Ramu Agricultural Industries (beef, sugar and oil palm) and Pacific Adventist University

Activities at Unitech were coordinated by Prof G Danbaro

Pictured above is the CSU team and Unitech staff and students on a visit to the Unitech Farm cocoa plantation and fermentation unit sampling some coconut fruits grown on the farm

Pictured above is a scene from one of the forums attended by the CSU team and Unitech staff and students

Above is a group picture of the CSU team and Unitech staff and students

Pictured above is the CSU and Unitech female students having a chat during the break period.

Story written by Prof G Danbaro