John Bokosou of NARI IRC giving out some helpful hints to youth participants A crowd of the youths listening to Gadi Ling during the training
By JOHN BOKOSOU of NARI
National Agricultural Research Institute’s Islands regional centre at Keravat in East New Britain province conducted an agricultural training for youths last month.
The training was targeted at youths surrounding Keravat and was aimed at enabling peer-to-peer groups in agricultural development.
They learned about taro beetle management, especially fungicide applications; vegetable field nursery in sowing and management during seedling stage; and cocoa pruning including marcotting.
Over 20 participants attend this training.
They were interested in helping themselves and their peer groups.
Among the trainees were a few parents who are youth counselors.
NARI Keravat also distributed information and planting materials to them.
Gadi Ling, a NARI Keravat scientist and outreach officer, said getting information and practicing it in their own time would greatly help themselves in the long run.
“This small training will provide you to be self-sufficient in food and cash and be a good member in your community and family,” Mr Ling said.
He said NARI encouraged partnership and collaboration with other rural development institutions and churches to provide skills training to youth groups.