The Proposed Local Solution
Village farmers have well-adapted local breeds, but they are not very productive as they are not kept in formalised farm/breeding environments. Flocks are small and chicks are almost never available for sale. These local chickens are an extremely valuable resource right across the Pacific Islands as they carry ancient genetics from the wild chickens brought by the original people who migrated from Asia thousands of years ago. They are more resilient in the local environment and are able to reproduce well on a local diet, so conservation and development of these valuable chickens is also a necessary priority.
The proposed activity encompasses establishment of breeding and training centres across the country and extensive training activities to ensure the specialised skills needed for this work are provided, so that improved village poultry keeping and conservation of indigenous chickens can be sustained. Localising the industry, at least to meet rural community demand, will increase food security and prosperity for Papua New Guineans.