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PNGWiA conducted a 2-DayTraining on Capacity Building in ICT for its members
With the increasing penetration of mobile phones in remote parts of Papua New Guinea, efforts are being made to maximize its use for farmers.
Maria Linibi, President of Papua New Guinea Women in Agriculture says information and communication technologies, especially mobile applications, are playing a key role in access to timely and accurate information.
“Creating an enabling environment for rural information and communication technologies with sound policies and strategies can help ensure affordable and quality access to the technologies, especially for farmers in rural areas.”
Her comments follow the successful Information Communication Technology Training (ICT) conducted at the Nari Centre in Lae.
“It was a good exposure for farmers, some use simple analog phones but this training has seen a high interest in making the conversion to smart phones.”
Maria Linibi said: “The farmers were from very remote highland areas where mobile communication is available, and they were very appreciative of the basic training.”
The training covered the use of mass media including basic computer literacy, social media, email, mobile banking as well as the basic use of Whatsapp and Viber.
The 2-Day Training on Capacity Building in ICT was funded by the Farmers’ Organizations for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific – FO4ACP Programme, a joint partnership between the European Union, Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON).