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27 August 2014


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Today in the village setting people see subsistence farming as commercial farming on very small block of land.

What they grow will reach both the household and the market.

Therefore, the traditional food crops are rarely grown and at the same time cash crops such as cabbage, carrot, broccoli are now consume as a household food and even for market to raise income. so no long cabbages and carrot are cash crops but becomes traditional crops now and grown through the concept of subsistence agriculture.

Introduce a better strategy to unite both to be one for crops of cash value can also be appreciated as tradition crop for food at this time.

Thanks Paul Oates, those are interesting agri-economic policy options you've pointed out.

It seems that we all too often forget that policy can create either a technical barrier or an enabling environment for trade and socio-economic development.

I look forward to this years PNG Science & Technology conference, where I hope that we will not only address PNG Vision 2050 goals, but also reassess the policy environment needed to support development initiatives.

We need to put some concrete in the base of those pillars.

Angra, sustainable rural livelihoods if embraced will enhance rural development, enable environmental management, reduce poverty, stop migration to towns, etc, but nobody wants to advocate and address the different types of capital available to the rural people to absorb shocks (disasters/food shortage) or lack if it.

It seems the imported fat lamb flaps and Trukai rice are all that is available for PNG at the moment.

The European Union has come up with a novel way of trying to redress the balance between those who still work the land and those who live in air conditioned offices and whose children think their food comes from a supermarket.

Every hectare of arable EU farming land owned by a landowner is 'valued' and an annual value refunded to the landowner. That system unfortunately won't work in PNG as the land is jointly owned.

Some other nations insist that farming land must be used to grow crops and food otherwise the owners lose their ownership. The ownership then reverts to the State where the land is then awarded to whoever can prove they will use it to be productive and look after a common national resource.

Where ownership of the farmland usually goes to the first son, this has an effect of causing the owner to 'use it or lose it'. Where however the ownership is passed on to all siblings or even only to all males, the size of each block becomes so small as to be uneconomical to farm. At this point, the State then resumes ownership.

PNG has to work out a system to help sustainable farming that is suitable to be culturally accepted. However there is only a limited time to do this before population pressures enforce conflict due to migration from those areas who don't have enough land.

If anyone doubts this will happen, look at how Africans and others with no other options are now migrating to Europe either legally of illegally. This is a traditional method of coping with the tensions created by overpopulation.

Unfortunately, it can and has led to wars and worse.

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