The use of mobile apps as a tool for improving PNG agriculture services has been well captured in the national e-agriculture strategy which is being developed through the Department of Agriculture and Livestock and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.
PNG’s National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) is tapping into the technology with a view to improve its research and development efforts in the country, especially in collecting field research data and sharing information with stakeholders. An intensive app development program (training) has been initiated with the support of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
Mobile app training has been undertaken with staff involved in ACIAR-DFAT projects under the Transformative Agriculture and Enterprise Development Program (TADEP). A key objective is for PNG to adopt mobile acquired data (MAD) technology to transition from paper-based to app based data collection.