DATA COLLECTION AND MODELLING
In October 2019, Grow PNG engaged agtech start-up Enveritas to analyze satellite data in the Markham Area. The information captured included weather (annual rainfall, monthly temperatures), terrain (slope, elevation), soil, and other variables that can guide crop selection, planting investments, and agronomic management in the region.
At the end of 2019, Papua New Guinea University of Technology was engaged to collect 80 soil samples along the Markham Region and conduct a soil chemical content analysis, specifically looking at nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus content, soil density, and hydrology indicators.
The dataset is now available publicly to support businesses, especially Working Groups, in making more informed decisions. The goal of this dataset is to:
Allow business leaders to make better decisions around crop selection and planning investments in the valley
Inspire new entrants to invest in the valley
Provide the data required to drive policy makers, business leaders, farm groups and civil society to work together on sectoral development