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Back  National Agricultural Research Institute

NARI was established by the Act of Parliament in July 1996 primary to undertake applied and development oriented research on food crop, alternative crop, livestock and resource management both at lowlands and highlands. NARI is also responsible for providing technical, analytical and diagnostic services and up to date information to the entire agriculture sector in PNG. NARIs major targets are the smallholder semi- commercial farmers in the country.   

 NARI is a publicly-funded statutory research organisation, established by the National Agricultural Research Institute Act 1996 of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, for conducting applied and development-oriented research on food crops, alternative food and cash crops, livestock and resource management issues. The major targets are the smallholder, semi-subsistence farmers in the rural areas of the country. Besides applied and adaptive research, NARI is responsible for providing authoritative technical, analytical and diagnostic services and up-to-date information to the entire agricultural sector in PNG.

NARI has three main programs:
Research Program: subdivided into two distinct regions (highlands and lowlands) comprising five agroclimatological zones (dry lowlands, wet lowlands mainland, wet lowlands islands, main highlands and high-altitude highlands).
Technical Program: technical, analytical and advisory services such as chemical analysis and testing, land-use planning and advice, pest and disease diagnostics, biometrics, scientific editing, and advice on economic and social issues.
Corporate Program: human resource management and development, corporate planning and business development, physical planning and information management. 

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NARI in Papua New Guinea
National Agricultural Research Institute (Head Office)

2nd Flr, Vele Rumana, 4th Street & Central Avenue, Lae
PO Box 4415, Lae 411 Morobe Province
Tel (675) 472 1751 Fax (675) 472 2242

NARI Dry-Lowlands Program (Laloki)

PO Box 1828, Port Moresby NCD
Tel (675) 328 1015 Fax (675) 328 1075

NARI Wet-Lowlands Mainland Program (Bubia)

Bubia 9 Miles, Lae
PO Box 1639, Lae 411 Morobe Province
Tel (675) 475 1033 Fax (675) 475 1034

NARI Wet-Lowlands Islands Program (Keravat)

PO Box 204, Kokopo 613 East New Britain Province
Tel (675) 983 9145 Fax (675) 983 9129

NARI Highlands Program (Aiyura)

PO Box 384, Kainantu 443 Eastern Highlands Province
Tel (675) 737 3500 Fax (675) 737 3516

NARI Highlands-High Altitude Program (Tambul)

PO Box 120, Mt Hagen 281 Western Highlands Province
Tel (675) 542 2242 (c/ FPDC) Fax (675) 542 1462 (c/ FPDC)

NARI Livestock Program (Labu)

Labu Animal Research Unit, Wau–Bulolo Road, 9 Miles, Lae
PO Box 1639, Lae 411 Morobe Province
Tel (675) 475 1066 Fax (675) 475 1158

NARI Chemistry Laboratory (Kilakila)

Kilakila, Port Moresby
PO Box 8277, Boroko 111 NCD
Tel (675) 321 2690 Fax (675) 320 2411

For more information go direct to
Telephone: (675) 472 1751
                          Facsimile:  (675) 472 2242

Back   National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority
The National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority exists primarily to enhance agriculture production by creating an environment that poses no or little danger to PNG agriculture systems especially minimizing the risk of introducing harmful pests and disease into the country's plants and animal species. This is ensured by maintaining international quality assurance standards for both imports as well as exports.   

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Point of Contact:

Managing Director
P O Box 741
Telephone:        (675) 322 2113, 311 2114
Facsimile:         (675) 325 1673

Back  Cocoa Board of Papua New Guinea

The Papua New Guinea (PNG) Cocoa Board was established by an act of Parliament to be responsible for the regulation and development of the cocoa industry in PNG. The PNG Cocoa Board also provides budgetary support to it's two subsidiary institutes, the CCRI and CCEA to conduct research, and extension services required for the improvement and development of the industry.

Cocoa is the next most important crop with 22% of the value of major agricultural exports. About 16% (93,000) of all rural households produce 65% of the crop and the balance comes from plantations annually. It has an area of 116,000 hectares with 49,000 ha under estates and 66,000 ha under smallholder. Private exporting companies market all cocoa beans to overseas destinations. The Cocoa Industry board performs a regulatory function in terms of quality control, export licensing and fermentaries registration.

Annual cocoa earnings for the country averaged around K60 million up to 1984 when it declined more than 49% to around K33 million in 1993. A steady increase in cocoa earnings for the country was realised after 1994 thereon from K39 million to K85 million in 1998 as a result of improved prices and the evaluation and the subsequent flotation of the local currency, the Kina.

Cocoa's contribution to agriculture exports accounted for an average of 18% between 1984 and 1991 reaching a peak of 21% in 1987. Since 1992 cocoa production has been on a decline coupled with relative prices, which are the major causes of decline in cocoa's contribution to the total agriculture exports earnings, which dropped by 15% in 1994 to 8 percent. Thereafter in 1995 it has increased modestly by 10% to it's current 18 percent.

Gross Domestic product of cocoa continued to decline from 2.9 percent in 1984 to 0.5 percent in 1993 and slight increase of 0.8 percent in 1994. This declining trend is attributed to an increase in the proportion of the mining and petroleum sector's increased share of the GDP.

The cocoa industry in PNG is fully liberalised from growing through to pricing and exporting. The private exporters solely conduct marketing of cocoa. The cocoa Board's roles and responsibilities under the Cocoa Act is limited to regulate, monitor, and promote the growing, processing, and marketing of cocoa, and to provide market intelligence for the benefit of those involved in the industry.

By 1999 there are about fifteen licensed cocoa exporters in the country who either sell their own cocoa or buy cocoa from smallholders as well as from the plantations for exports.

Until recently cocoa production in most provinces and been on a decline due to various reasons apart from the unrest on Bougainville and the natural disasters. The chief constraints faced by the cocoa farmers and the industry in general are considered to be as follows; poor infrastructure in road and marketing outlets, low world prices, lack of transport accessibility, lack of finance and no better options or alternatives from enterprises.   

The sustainability and the future of the cocoa industry in PNG depend on three most important factor's .These are (1) rehabilitation on Bougainville and other potential areas of the country, (2) various assistances by the Government  and the industry, and (3) farmers response to international price movements.

The two main factors, expansion and rehabilitation and the forms of assistances provided by the Government if are accomplished, production is expected to increase by as much as 20-30 percent in the next five years. Rehabilitation programme presently undertaken on Bougainville may result in production increase by 7,000 to 8,000 tonnes by the turn of the century. It is anticipated that the impact of all forms of assistance provide under various schemes may result in total production increase to over 40,000tonnes in 1999 - 2000 cocoa years.

In lines with the Government policy to go into downstream processing of all its agriculture exports. the cocoa Board considering to go downstream, producing cocoa liquor and cocoa butter depending on the outcome of a feasibility study.

The Board expects that increase in production resulting from all the new initiatives undertaken so far will be used in the local plant, while at the same time sustaining and increasing the volume of bean exports. 


Back   PNG Rubber Industry (PNGRI)

Rubber remains the only state controlled and managed industry. Until and when enacted by the parliament, the PNGRI would be responsible for coordinating and managing the extension, expansion, and rehabilitation of smallholder rubber industries in the country.

Papua New Guinea Rubber was first commercial planted in the early 1900,s and is still a major crop compared to other tree crops with about 8,000 households growing the crop. Production has been declining from about 5,000 in 1986 to 3,400 tonnes in 1994. However, the industry is well suited to village farming environment

          P O Box 2033, Port Moresby, NCD, Papua New Guinea

Tel/Fax:    (675) 321 4282

Back   Oil Palm Industry Corporation (OPIC)

Oil Palm Industry Corporation (OPIC) was established under a Parliamentary Act and is tasked to provide extension services to the smallholder, out-growers and settlers within the precinct nuclear estates. Its key role is to provide efficient effective delivery programs and develop market infrastructure for its smallholders and out-growers.

Oil palm is the third major crop with 14% of the annual export values. It covers and area of 58,000 hectares (estate 33,000 ha and smallholder 25,000 ha, involving about 7,000 families). The estates produces 65% of the output and 35% from the smallholder

Oil palm is the third major crop with 14% of the annual export values. It covers and area of 58,000 hectares (estate 33,000 ha and smallholder 25,000 ha, involving about 7,000 families). The estates produces 65% of the output and 35% from the smallholder.

The oil palm industry supports about 4.5% of all rural households and their annual production is at the rate of 12% since 1997. The overall growth rate of the industry since 1997 has been 15.5% per annum.

Three major scheme (Hoskins, Bialla, Popondetta ) produces the bulk of palm oil in the country. All the scheme operate their own mills producing crude palm oil entirely for exports. The Oil Palm Industry Corporation was established by an Act of Parliament in 1992 tasked to take reign over the oil palm industry in place of the Extension Services of the Department of the Agriculture and Livestock. It was geared to improve the economic and social well being of smallholder oil palm growers throughout Papua New Guinea by providing an appropriate field extension and development services compatible to that of the private sector as well as to reign over regulatory function of the industry on behalf of the Department.

Currently there are five (5) major NES scheme
operating in the country. These are:

  1. Hargy in West New Britain

  2. New Britain Oil Palm in West New Britain

  3. Higaturu Oil Palm in Oro Province

  4. Poliamba in New Ireland Province

  5. Milne Bay Estates in Milne Bay Province

Three new projects are in the pipeline. These are:

  1. Suwain Damasara Sustainable Agro-forestry
    in Aitape - West Sepik Province

  2. Vailala Purari Oil Palm Development in
    the Gulf Province

  3. Morobe Gulf Oil Palm project - Border of
    two provinces

Other new initiatives include

  • Kaut Lokono in New Ireland Province

  • Collingwood Bay in the Oro Province

Address:                                             Tel:  (675) 323 1511  (675)  323 1562
P O Box 3216, BOROKO                      Fax: (675) 323 1573
National Capital District,
Papua New Guinea

Back   Kokonas Indastri Koporesen (Coconut Industry Corporation)

was established to replace the Copra Marketing Board in May 2002. KIKs initial concern is to restructure the industry. In the longer term its role will be to promote coconut industry-wide interests with greater transparency and accountability in management. It will also ensure effective regulatory systems (price monitoring, product control quality, research and development, stabilization scheme) that are intended to promote competition and sustainable growth in the coconut industry of PNG.

Back   Cocoa Coconut Research Institute

   Stewart Research Station                            Head Office - Tavilo
   P O Box 642, MADANG                              P O Box 1846, RABAUL
   Papua New Guinea                                     East New Britain,

   Tel:    (675) 852 1651,  852 1653                 Tel:       (675) 983 9131,   983 9108
   Fax:   (675) 852 1657                                 Fax:      (675) 983 9115
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Back   PNG Oil Palm Research Association (OPRA)

The OPRA is a non-profit association of all oil palm growers in Papua New Guinea. Its objective is to fulfill the research requirements and solve the technical needs of the members. OPRA carries out research in the fields of agronomy, entomology, plant pathology and socio-economic with its main focus on low-input intervention to improve productivity in the smallholder sector.

Executive Director:    Dr. Ian Orrell
                               PNG OIL Palm Research Association Inc.
                               P O Box 97
                               Kimbe, WNBP 621
                               Papua New Guinea

                Tel:          (675) 985 4015 Direct
                               (675) 985 4009 Switch

                Fax:         (675) 985 4040


The Corporation was established in early 1983 with the principle aim to commercialise the livestock sub-sector. The Corporation was incorporated under the Company Act Chapter 146, with a Board of Directors appointed by the shareholders on behalf of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea.

Since its establishment and incorporation the Corporation has seen a number of changes. One of the major changes has been the major rationalisation package that witnessed a number of core activities that were either sold out to willing customers or were leased out to willing individuals and or partners. these activities included insect farming, vegetables and fruit projects, and small slaughterhouses.

Currently with the transfer of the corporations core activities to interested parties, the Corporation is now concentrated solely on slaughtering of animals at the two only major abattoirs (Port Moresby and Lae) and vegetable farming. An ambitious scheme is to launch soon to have small ruminants graze under the shade now fully grown cashew and mango trees.

Back   Coffee Industry Corporation

In August 1991, the Coffee Industry Corporation (Statutory Powers and Functions) Act was passed by Parliament, paving the way for the amalgamation of CIB, CDA and CRI into the largely self-financing Coffee Industry Corporation Ltd.

Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) Act provides for the industry. CIC has objectives that include quality control and improvement, price determination and regulation, production and promotion of coffee in the country. It is responsible for the research and development, extension of coffee industry for both plantation and smallholders.

Coffee in the most important crop in terms of foreign exchange and employment with about 43% of all rural household producing over 70% of the crop annually. About 64,000 hectares (50,000 ha smallholder and 14,500 ha plantations) are under coffee.

The value of coffee exports has been declining from over K208.5 million in 1986 to K88.9 million in 1993. There are more than 10 coffee exporters and the Coffee Industry Corporation provides the regulatory functions and manages research and extension services. With major input from the Government towards general industry policy direction, there is an urgent need to evaluate the long-term sustainability of the corporatisation strategy.

The Coffee Industry Corporation was established in 1991 with the passing of CIC (Statutory Function & Powers) Act by Parliament. The Corporation took over functions previously performed separately by the Coffee Industry Board (CIB), the Coffee Research Institute (CRI) and the Coffee Development Agency (CDA).

The Corporation is charged with the responsibility for coffee research, extension, quality control and promotion and regulation of the domestic market. The Coffee Industry Corporation Corporate Plan 1998 - 2002 defines the Corporations mission as:

"To maximise, promote and support the continuing development of a sound-based coffee industry in Papua New Guinea which will maximise financial returns to all coffee producers and to the Government's economic and social policy goals,"

Various strategies have been put in place to achieve this broad objective. These strategies are divided between the three functional divisions of the Corporation: Industry Affairs, Research and Extension, with Corporate Services providing the necessary administrative support.

Unlike other agricultural statutory bodies, CIC is one of the four commodity boards that are financially independent. It finances its own operations from the levies it collects from exporters and importers alike.

Some notable achievements during the past six months include: Completed revitalizing the Coffee Stabilization Fund scheme and is expected to launched this month, launched a strategy to increase production despite land and social problems, signed several MOAs with six provinces in an effort to increase coffee production, through SACS 675 farmers benefited from the K2.8 million allocated to SAC by CIC, the imposition of a freight subsidy scheme, and others are among the many achievements that CIC achieved.

The future looks very bright for the Corporation and many initiatives are in place to increase the production and improve the quality are among the major expectations of the corporation.

Following the formation of the Coffee Marketing Board (later Coffee Industry Board [CIB]) in 1964, centralised institutions in the coffee industry grew in size and in the range of services provided. The Coffee Research Institute (CRI) had its origin in the early 'eighties. The Coffee Development Agency (CDA) was created in 1987 as the official extension agency for coffee in response to the outbreak of Coffee Leaf Rust in the Highlands in the previous year.

Current Structure

CIC is a company limited by guarantee. Its members comprise -

  • (6) Grower Associations representing Western Highlands Province; Simbu Province; Eastern Highlands Province; Mamose Region; Southern Region (incorporating Papua Region and Southern Highlands Province); and, "other Provinces" including Enga;

  • a Coffee Exporter Association;

  • a Plantation/Processor Association;

  • a Block Development Association;

  • Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Livestock;

  • Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry; and

  • Secretary, Department of Treasury and Planning.

The Head Office of the Corporation is in Goroka and it has three Regional Offices, a Research Station at Aiyura, a Research Sub-station at Panga in the Western Highlands Province and a Branch Office in Lae, Morobe Province.

P.O. Box 137
Eastern Highlands Province 441
Papua New Guinea

Telephone: (675) 732 1266
(675) 732 2466
Fax: (675) 732 1431

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Back   Spice Industry Board

Do you want to register your company to export Vanilla, Spices or Herbs?
Click here and fill in the Information Request Form.

The Spice Industry Board was established in 1991 by an Act of Parliament and is tasked with regulating, monitoring and developing the spice industry in the country. The PNGSIB is also responsible for managing and coordinating the industry affairs, which includes setting standards and quality assurance programs, training and promotion and promoting the industry.

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Acting Director

Spice Officer

Department of Agriculture & Livestock
P O Box 2125
, NCD,
Papua New Guinea

(675) 32
1 3527 (Direct)
(675) 32 1 2488, 321 5378      (675) 321 5374

(675) 32 1 7813

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Since its establishment, the PNG Spice Industry Board ("the board") has not been able to carry out
all its functions and responsibilities as stipulate in the Act. No industrial development programmes and
strategies have been drawn up and executed due to the fact that there has been no adequate funding by
the government. To-date the board is being 'looked-after' by the Department of Agriculture and Livestock
(DAL) by the way of providing rents, support staff, office facilities and technical advice, etc.

The Board has its own administrative staff, but has been relying entirely on the DAL/Provincial Division of Primary Industry through the Alternative Crop Expansion and Diversification Programme (ACEDP) for technical manpower and facilitation of field operations.

DAL is responsible to draw up guidelines for the registration of Spice Exporters, Buyers, and Processors.

(a) Assist farmers with technical information/pamphlet,   etc.

(b) Provide business management and marketing advice and registration to industry members mainly:

-  Eastern Spice Produce Pty Ltd
-  Niugini Spice & Trading Co
-  Kubom Holding Pty Ltd
-  Follywell No.6 Pty Ltd
-  Agmark Pacific Pty Ltd
-  Bangui Bio-Products Pty Ltd
-  Village Spice Pty Ltd
-  Simi Enterprises
-  Railoma Trading Pty Ltd

(c) Partake in the Smallholder Agriculture Credit Scheme for spice farmers.

(d) Prepare Project Document to seek additional funding for the industry and the Board.

The PNGSIB is at the crossroad where it is considered as having enormous economy potential but require initial Government support. With the given situation that the industry is small in it's humble beginning. 

Back   Fresh Produce Development Company (FPDC)

Fresh Produce is a company established by DAL in collaboration with the New Zealand Government in 1988 as a PIP with the intention to attend to matters associated with the marketing of fresh produce and to oversee the development, extension and marketing of fresh produce in the country. Since its transfer from DAL, the extension service has dominated the FPDC program. Its current objective is to improve the marketing standards of the fresh produce industry by attending to and resolving issues associated with efficient distribution networks, information, quality control, economics, export and business skills.

Fresh Produce Development  Company (FPDC) was initially set up to provide fresh produce information to the industry. The company's principal objective is aimed at developing a sustainable fruit and vegetable industry in the country. The review reports by the consultants have reported that the first phase of the project has been successfully implemented. The consultants report recommended that more industry involvement by the company.         

Based on this, the Marketed Fruit and Vegetable Project (MFVP) previously implemented by DAL have been transferred to the company for implementation. With it, all the regional horticulturists and the seed potato officers as well as food technologists have been transferred to FPDC. Through the regional horticulturists, the company has offices located in all four regions of the country, providing advice to DPI officers and the farmers alike. This is an additional function apart from its original function of agricultural information generation and dissemination.


Head Office                                                    Lae Office                                    Port Moresby Office
PO Box 1290                                                  PO Box 3001                                PO Box 2788
Mt. Hagen, Western Highlands Province           LAE 411, Morobe Province            BOROKO, National Capital District
Papua New Guinea                                          Papua New Guinea                        Papua New Guinea 

Tel:    (675)    542 2242 / 542 2411                   (675)    472 2737                           (675)    321    5520 / 325 8861
Fax    (675)    542 1462                                   (675)    472 2737 Ph/Fax                (675)    321    5519

Kerevat Office                                                Goroka Office                                Food Processing and Preservation
PO Box 268                                                   PO Box 958                                   PO Box 19
RABAUL, ENB                                              GOROKA, EHP                             UNITECH POST OFFICE, Lae, MP
Papua New Guinea                                         Papua New Guinea                         Papua New Guinea

Tel:    (675) 983 9186                                      (675)    732 3356                            (675)    473 4562 ext 4566
Fax:    (675)    983 9187                                  (675)    732 3357                            (675)    473 4579