Our Mandate

FPDA was established to provide technical information and market support service to enable male and female farmers to develop a competitive fruit and vegetable sector in Papua New Guinea.

FPDA Programs & Projects

  • Seed & Planting Materials Program

    Having access to good quality seeds and planting materials that are affordable and available for consistent farming is still a major challenge for the fresh produce industry. Seeds and planting materials are important component of the vibrant and sustainable value chain system.

    Therefore, this program liaises with input suppliers and other service providers, and facilitates networking and partnerships to ensure seeds and planting materials of all crops of commercial significance are available and accessible by farmers. The Irish Potato seeds are made available through potato programs.

  • Village Extension Worker Program

    The Village Extension Worker (VEW) program is an innovative agriculture extension model developed by FPDA in 1999, and since then has effectively delivered extension services. This extension model shifts focus from the traditional production oriented to market driven.
    It also encompasses a shift from a training paradigm approach to facilitating learning process.

    The VEW program is the pivotal facility as it provides the conduit for information and technology dissemination. There are currently 38 active VEWs in the EHP, WHP, JIWAKA, Central, NCD, and ENBP that are mobilizing farmers to produce and feed various markets. These VEWs are leading farmers in the respective communities that FPDA supervises and mentors to assist other farmers.

  • Elite Seed Potato Program

    The core function of the Elite Seed Potato Program is to ensure quality potato seeds are made available to farmers. FPDA is the only mandated agency to ensure certified seeds are distributed to farmers through the established production system. The facilities include; 24 screen houses in Tambul, in the Western Highlands province, owned by FPDA, a tissue culture laboratory owned by CIC/NARI and FPDA’s Elite Seed potato Production Scheme. The program has three components; tissue culture production, mini-tuber production and the elite seed production. The harvested tubers are inspected and certified through the FPDA’s Seed Potato Inspection and Certification Program before released to growers for commercial production
  • Training Manual Development Project

    FPDA has been delivering extension and agribusiness advisory services fresh produce farmers for well over two decades using whatever resource materials available. There was a need for the institution to have technical resource materials upon which training materials to be extracted were necessary.

    Thus a training manual project initiated in 2015, beginning with bulb onion crop. Instead of producing a generic production training manual, the team agreed that the project will develop bulb production and marketing manual which would provide a template for developing training manual for all other crops.



  • Fresh Produce Development Agency
    Post Office Box 958
    GOROKA 441
    Eastern Highlands Province

  • P: +675 532 3356
  • F: +675 532 3357
  • E: info@fpda.com.pg
  • W: www.fpda.com.pg