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NARI cadetship scheme contributes to PNG human resource development

Six cadet officers graduated from their two-year cadetship program at NARI HQ in Lae recently.

They were attached to various disciplines at NARI's Momase Regional Centre (Bubia) and Highlands Regional Centre (Aiyura) to develop their research skills and further enhance their work experiences.

Those based at Bubia were Chesly Kobua (rice and grain), Joel Pilon (biotechnology) and Wilfred Wau (crop protection).

The Aiyura based cadets were Gena Kawale and Tai Kui (crop improvement) and Jeffery Yapo (soil and water management).

NARI's Deputy Director-General Dr Ramakrishna Akkinapally said the purpose of having such programs is to groom well trained and disciplined graduates to be future researchers for research and development institutions in PNG.

“Cadets in NARI are expected to experience and get trained in all aspects of agriculture for research and development,” Dr Akkinapally said.

NARI plays a key role in developing human resource to contribute to excellence in agricultural research for a sustainable development.

This is evident through the program where young and fresh University graudates are recruited and attached to different programmes in NARI to have hands-on experience in  different aspects of agricultural research and to develop their technical, leadership and managerial skills and knowledge and general competencies.

Since the inception of the program in 2000, 47 cadets benefited from the program. To date NARI has retained some of the cadets who have advanced in achieving their Master and Doctoral degrees abroad while others have moved on to work with other organsations.

NARI’s Personnel & Human Talent Development Manager Mary Tarabu  said the program also aims to contribute and fulfill one of the Institute’s strategic objectives under its Institutional Management and Development Programme.

“The program promotes and harnesses cadet talents that respond to the paradigm shift in agricultural research for development where planned cadet project targets and milestones are achieved through effective utilization of cadets by their mentors and supervisors in delivering the expected cadet project results and outputs,” Mrs Tarabu said.

Cadet officer Kobua said he will extend his career and specialize in rice and grain.

“With the knowledge and experience gained I would like to further my career in the field of agronomy and breeding especially rice and grain crops or root and tuber crops such as cassava and yam,” he said.

For Pilon, he intends to develop his skills as an upcoming scientist with NARI, specializing in crop breeding using molecular and mutagenesis technologies.

Research and development coordinators responsible for the cadets were pleased with the successful outcomes during the graduation on the 30th of March 2016 and have encouraged the graduating cadets to take the challenges and work hard.

Aiyura Research and Development Coordinator Johannes Pakatul urged the graduates to take initiatives and challenges. The Bubia Research and Development Coordinator Dr Peter Gendua congratulated and challenged them to continue to work hard and show commitment.

“Agriculture is not a luxury field or job; we all must work hard. NARI is fine-tuning young people like you to be better people,” Dr Gendua said.

The cadet scheme has various disciplines tied into it, including crop improvement, livestock, animal nutrition, aquaculture, chemistry, economics, entomology, pathology, weed management, genetic resources, geographical information systems, horticulture, information and communication, insect curation, biometrics, post harvest, soils and tissue culture.

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