The National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) is currently conducting a Bio- Sand Filter training for rural development leaders and Lead Farmers from all over PNG on how to build climate change resilient communities especially in creating safe drinking water in communities.
The European Union Funded training is taking place in Bubia, Morobe Province and will end on the 21st of May.
According to NARI Training Facilitator Mr. Mauro Okrupa the Bio Sand Fliter Construction and Installation Training will provide the participants theory and the practical training on how to purify water and filter out pathogens and bacteria making water 95-99% safe for drinking.
“Effects of Climate change such as floods, droughts and landslides greatly affects the quality of safe drinking water in our communities” Mr. Okrupa said.
“this water filter innovative technology can purify dirty running river, it can also purify swamp, small creeks, and also rain water allowing people to access safe and clean water.”
According to Mr. Okrupa the 32 trainers from all four regions in the country will receive training to go back to their communities and successfully implement BSF technology.
“they will undergo theory and practical training sessions to learn and adapt to l the technology.”
The BSF technology is meant for households and families in vulnerable communities, churches, health centres and schools.”