Food security project enhances pig and poultry industries

Partners at the inception meeting for the feed mill project meeting in Lai, PNG on 20 Feb, 2012.

Group photo of partners at the inception meeting for the feed mill project meeting in Lae, PNG on 20 Feb, 2012, Back Row (left to right); Monica Mazi, Theo Simos, Anton Kaupa, Ian Black, Sergie Bang, Phil Glatz, Jacob Wani, Gariba Danbaro, Ulrike Hartmann-Mitz, Emily Flowers, Glen Kenneally, Workneh Ayalew, Eleo Dowa, James Tarabu.Front Row (left to right); Pikah Kohun, Brian Ilsin, Miape Baupupu, Abdul Halim, Norah Omot; Janet Pandi, Fred Besari, Densley Tapat, Michael Dom

SARDI is helping to provide security of food production through its participation in Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) food security projects in Papua New Guinea.

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) is the lead organisation facilitating the adoption of mini feed mills in the monogastric (single stomach) livestock industry in Papua New Guinea to improve smallholder and semi commercial enterprise profitability.

The four year ACIAR project, currently in its first year, involves a diverse collaborative group. Australian partners include SARDI, Primary Industries Industry and Investment NSW, value chain, nutrition and economic consultants. The PNG partners include the Highlands Aquaculture Development Centre, National Agriculture Research Institute, National Fisheries Authority, PNG University of Technology, Christian Leaders Training College, Ok Tedi Development Foundation and Lutheran Development Service.

SARDI Senior Research Scientist Dr Phil Glatz said options included feeding systems for pigs and poultry and information for the intensive commercial industry on suitable higher fibre and lower energy diets that ameliorate the effects of conventional diets.

“Development of user briefs for small scale feed mills will allow the niche pig and poultry sector and game bird industry the option of investing in their own feed manufacturing and produced diets that are cheaper than commercial diets,” Dr Glatz said.

The project is planned to result in a 25% increase in profitability of the monogastric sector in PNG and increase production by 5% per annum, equating to $A47 million per annum.

Dr Glatz said smallholder and semi-commercial aquaculture, pig and poultry farming was making an important contribution to the livelihoods of rural households in PNG.

“Currently the monogastric sector in PNG has a market value of $A190.5 million per annum comprising about 600 000 small farmers,” Dr Glatz said.

“However farm viability is vulnerable due to the rising costs of imported ingredients and the lack of cheap feed made from local ingredients. Local feed resources are available that could be utilized more effectively for feeding fish, pigs and poultry.

“It is crucial to assist the monogastric sector to develop cheap balanced diets and to provide a service to the industry by encouraging the establishment of small scale feed mills to make cheaper concentrate diets based mainly on local feed resources rather than imported ingredients.

“The main project objective is to formulate a range of least cost diets using local feed resources that can be produced by mini mills which meet the nutritional requirements of the most popular farmed fish, pigs and poultry in PNG.”

 

Further information: Dr Phil Glatz 8303 7786 or SARDI Communications Terry Price 8303 9433 / 0423 292867