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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
SPC also hosts the Centre of Pacific Crops and Trees (CEPaCT). The CEPaCT maintains regional in vitro collections of crops important to the Pacific and carries out research on tissue culture technology. The CEPaCT Adviser is Dr Mary Taylor (MaryT@spc.int), the CEPaCT Curator is Ms Valerie Tuia (ValerieT@spc.int).
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Sunday, November 30, 2003
Posted 4:15 PM by Luigi
FIRST KAVA BAN LIFTED
Press statement 115-03 from the Forum Secretariat
The ban on Pacific kava products has been lifted by the Welsh National
Assembly, allowing kava imports into Wales for the first time since they
were restricted in 2002.
"This is great news," said the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands
Forum Secretariat, Mr Noel Levi, CBE. Mr Levi said he hoped more countries
would follow the decision by Wales to lift the restrictions on kava sales.
Pacific Island countries have been trying to recover a multi-million dollar
kava trade with Europe and North America, after sales collapsed in 2001 due
to adverse publicity about health concerns.
The restrictions on the sale of food supplements and herbal medicines
containing kava and kava derivatives were introduced in November 2001 by
European Country Regulatory Authorities. This followed a claim originating
from Germany that up to 30 people had suffered liver damage as a direct
result of consuming kava-based products.
The Pacific kava industry countered that Pacific Islanders have safely used
kava for hundreds of years, without the ill effects reported in the export
A subsequent study initiated by the Forum Secretariat and funded by the
Centre for the Development of Enterprise found no scientific basis for the
ban, or the restrictions and the market recalls by regulators in Europe.
A meeting of Pacific and European Stakeholders in Brussels in August 2003
adopted strategies that would help get back kava on the European market.
The decision by Wales comes as a relief to the Pacific Island kava industry,
which is working on trying to overturn the kava bans and restrictions in
other export markets.
Forum Secretariat, Suva
28 November 2003
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