Project final report

Increasing vegetable production in Central Province, Papua New Guinea to supply Port Moresby markets - Final report

Date released
10 November 2015
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A/Prof Colin Birch, Project Leader, Vegetable Centre, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay, 7005


This project aimed to identify and address vegetable supply chain priorities in Central Province to equip communities to take advantage of the opportunity to enter the temperate vegetable market and thus, improve their socioeconomic position in a sustainable manner.

A number of highland regions grow a range of temperate vegetables, but supply to Port Moresby is limited by poor transport infrastructure and inconsistent product quality. The major alluvial valleys in Central Province have better transport infrastructure (the national road network) and a relatively dry season that limits disease pressure. Perennial streams have sufficient flow for irrigation. Central Province could supply the increasing demand for temperate vegetables; with correct vegetables selection, appropriate land, soil, and water management practices, and introduction of agronomic strategies to grow quality produce.

With Papua New Guinea's rapid population growth (around 2.1%), along with increasing migration from rural to peri-urban areas, and the expansion of the gas and mining industry, there is rising demand for higher-value food products, particularly in large and expanding urban areas such as Port Moresby. Population changes are also changing food preferences, including greater emphasis on temperate vegetables.

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