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Climate change likely to impact agriculture in PNG
5:28 pm GMT+12, 11/07/2017, Papua New Guinea

Climate change could adversely impact on Papua New Guinea’s agriculture sector.
 
This is because the sector is not ready to adapt to climate change and not well prepared to manage natural disasters.
 
These key finding are highlighted in the PNG National Research Institute (PNGNRI) Spotlight publication titled “Adverse Impacts of Climate Change in Papua New Guinea: Are We Ready to Adapt and Manage Disasters”.
 
The findings of this study will be discussed this morning at a stakeholder meeting, which will be held at its Thomas Webster Research Seminar Room.
 
The authors of the paper are Maureen Thomas and Eugene Ezebilo.
 
The paper highlights that the livelihoods of many people are strongly linked to agriculture and that PNG has witnessed various natural hazards associated to climate change such as frost and drought.
 
However, the experiences of 2015 have revealed that the agriculture sector is not ready to adapt to climate change, and the country is unprepared to manage disasters.
 
The authors argue it is not enough for the state to provide relief materials on the onset of this phenomenon.
 
The paper asserts that people would benefit more if they are provided with facilities and knowledge.
 
“As climate change intensifies, natural disasters associated with it will become more frequent.”
 
To this end, various programs that will lower impacts of climate change must be developed and implemented and management made more effective.
 
Among the recommendations the authors put forward are:
 
-Increased public awareness on climate change;
 
-Promotion of effective agricultural extension services on food and cash crops;
 
-Making frost and drought crop varieties more accessible;
 
-Promote agriculture systems that combine agriculture and forestry; and provide more irrigation facilities; and
-Ensure provincial disaster offices be fully funded.


SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS


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