Report on the support mision to the Coconut Agronomy & Farming System section of the Cocoa & Coconut Institute. Papua New Guinea, Stewart Research Station, Madang

Ollivier Jean, Akus W., Wasange W., Aloisius S., Sik K.. 2004. Report on the support mision to the Coconut Agronomy & Farming System section of the Cocoa & Coconut Institute. Papua New Guinea, Stewart Research Station, Madang. Montpellier : CIRAD-CP, 88 p. N° de rapport : CP_SIC 1717

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Abstract : Under 2003 programming by the French Embassy in Port Moresby, a multidisciplinary mission by an entomologist, Dr L. Ollivier, and an agronomist, Mr J. Ollivier from the CIRAD Tree Crops Department, was undertaken from 3 to 16 March 2004 at the Cocoa and Coconut Institute's Stewart Research Station in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. The mission was used to take stock of the agronomy and farming systems activities being conducted by CCI at SRS, and in the COGENT participatory research network. Observations of the ongoing trials continued in 2003 and data were collected for analysis, the main results of which are presented in this report. Given budgetary restraints, it was not possible to fulfil some of the recommendations made at the time of the previous mission (fertilizer applications, leaf analyses). Some reorganization of the experimental design is proposed. In methodology terms, a presentation of the first results obtained using Olympe software to manage experimental data (also presented in the report) aroused a great deal of interest from our agronomy partners. Its use could be extended to processing data from on-farm participatory trials. The budget awarded by MOFA for 2004, which is in sharp decline, will not be enough to fund a CIRAD support mission in 2004 but could contribute towards our Papuan partners attending an international conference in Australia next August, where they would present work undertaken jointly with CIRAD. Restructuring of the research and extension services and their merger in 2003 to form the Cocoa and Coconut Institute (CC[) has led to a certain number of organizational changes: creation of a new organizational flow chart with 5 divisions (Cocoa Division, Coconut Division, Industry, Commercial and Corporate services). Mr. W. Akus, Coconut Division Head, expressed his desire to see collaboration with CIRAD continue in the form of regular support missions and training for CCI researchers at CIRAD. These links would make it possible to support CCI research activities in experimental data management and processing, draw up new research projects together, and disseminate the results obtained in scientific publications and articles.

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Ollivier Jean, CIRAD-CP-COCOTIER (FRA)
  • Akus W., CCRI [Cocoa and Coconut Research Institute] (PNG)
  • Wasange W., CCRI [Cocoa and Coconut Research Institute] (PNG)
  • Aloisius S., CCRI [Cocoa and Coconut Research Institute] (PNG)
  • Sik K., CCRI [Cocoa and Coconut Research Institute] (PNG)

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