A blog maintained by Tevita Kete, PGR Officer

Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands



This weblog documents the activities of Pacific Agricultural Genetic Resources Network (PAPGREN), along with other information on plant genetic resources (PGR) in the Pacific.

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).




PAPGREN coordination and support

  • CTA
  • SPC
  • CEPaCT

     genebank locations
    Click on the thumbnail to see a map of the locations of Pacific genebanks. Click here to download a regional directory of genebanks in the Pacific, including information on their location, contact details and holdings.

    PAPGREN partners

    Mr William Wigmore
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture
    Department of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 96
    Cook Islands
    Tel: (682) 28711-29720
    Fax: (682) 21881
    Email: cimoa@oyster.net.ck

    Mr Adelino S. Lorens
    Agriculture Pohnpei
    Office of Economic Affairs
    P.O. Box 1028
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Tel: (691) 3202400
    Fax: (691) 3202127
    Email: pniagriculture@mail.fm

    Dr Lois Englberger
    Island Food Community of Pohnpei
    Research Advisor
    P.O. Box 2299
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Email: nutrition@mail.fm

    Mr Apisai Ucuboi
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forest
    Koronivia Research Station
    P.O. Box 77
    Fiji Islands
    Tel: (679) 3477044
    Fax: (679) 3477546-400262
    Email: apisainu@yahoo.com

    Dr Maurice Wong
    Service du Developpement Rural
    B.P. 100
    Tahiti 98713
    French Polynesia
    Tel: (689) 42 81 44
    Fax: (689) 42 08 31
    Email: maurice.wong@rural.gov.pf

    Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
    Head, Research Section
    Division of Agriculture
    Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development
    P.O. Box 267
    Tel: (686) 28096-28108-28080
    Fax: (686) 28121
    Email : agriculture@tskl.net.ki; Beenna_ti@yahoo.com

    Mr Frederick Muller
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 1727
    Majuro 96960
    Marshall Islands
    Tel: (692) 6253206
    Fax: (692) 6257471
    Email: rndsec@ntamar.net

    Mr Herman Francisco
    Bureau of Agriculture
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 460
    Koror 96940
    Tel: (680) 4881517
    Fax: (680) 4881725
    Email: bnrd@pnccwg.palaunet.com

    Ms Rosa Kambuou
    Principal Scientist PGR
    NARI Dry Lowlands Programme
    Laloki Agricultural Research Station
    P.O. Box 1828
    National Capital District
    Papua New Guinea
    Tel: (675) 3235511
    Fax: (675) 3234733
    Email: kambuou@global.net.pg

    Ms Laisene Samuelu
    Principal Crop Development Officer
    Crops Division
    Ministry of Agriculture, Forests, Fisheries & Meteorology
    P.O. Box 1874
    Tel: (685) 23416-20605
    Fax: (685) 20607-23996
    Email: lsamuelu@lesamoa.net

    Mr Jimi Saelea
    Director of Research
    Department of Agriculture and Livestock
    P.O. Box G13
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 27987

    Mr Tony Jansen
    Planting Materials Network
    Kastom Gaden Association
    Burns Creek, Honiara
    P.O. Box 742
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 39551
    Email: kastomgaden@solomon.com.sb

    Mr Finao Pole
    Head of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture & Forests
    P.O. Box 14
    Tel: (676) 23038
    Fax: (676) 24271
    Email: thaangana@hotmail.com

    Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
    Head of Research
    Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
    Private Mail Bag 040
    Port Vila
    Tel: (678) 22525
    Fax: (678) 25265
    Email: flehi@hotmail.com

    Other links

    Other CROP agencies
    Forum Secretariat
    University of the South Pacific

    Pacific biodiversity
    Biodiversity hotspots
    Breadfruit Institute
    Hawaiian native plants
    Intellectual property rights
    Nature Conservancy
    WWF South Pacific Program

    Other Pacific organizations
    Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific
    Micronesian Seminar
    Te Puna web directory

    Pacific news
    Cafe Pacific
    CocoNET Wireless
    Island Directory
    Pacific Islands News
    Pacific Islands Report
    Pacific Islands Travel
    Pacific Time
    South Pacific travel
    Time Pacific

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    Thursday, July 08, 2004

    Guam's agriculture devastated by storm

    Article by Katie Worth, Pacific Daily News.

    HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, June 7) - Less than two weeks ago, farmer Victor Duenas had almost 25 acres of watermelons, bananas, cucumbers and long beans on his Inarajan farm, ripening in the warm island air.

    Now he has none.

    He is one of dozens of farmers who lost 100 percent of their crops in last week’s torrential rains and island wide floods, a loss that will cost the island's farmers between $350,000 and $500,000, according to Guam Department of Agriculture estimates.

    Agriculture Acting Director, Paul Bassler said his department estimates that every farmer on island lost more than 50 percent of their crops to Tropical Storm Tingting, which brought 16 inches of rain to the island in a single day last week. Many lost everything, he said.

    "It was a serious blow to the farmers, no question," Bassler said.

    Fortunately for Duenas, he is enrolled in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, also known as NAP. While the program won’t compensate farmers for the full cost of their loss, it should provide farmers with enough money to get back on their feet, said Tom Camacho of the USDA's Farm Service Agency.

    The USDA’s assistance program has actually been in existence for many years, said Camacho, and is available to farmers in areas including Guam, where no farm insurance exists because of the frequency of disasters. However, only since 2002’s Typhoon Chata’an, has the program had much participation from Guam’s farmers.

    The program, he explained, will compensate a farmer about 50 cents on the dollar for about half of his or her lost crop. In other words, it covers about 25 percent of the cost of the crop loss.

    "The intent is not for them to recuperate 100 percent of the cost, it’s to help them recuperate at least enough to purchase seeds and fertilizers and such so they don't have to fork it out of their own pockets again," Camacho said.

    The farmers are required to pay an annual $100 administrative fee per crop they plan to harvest, with a maximum cost of $300 each year, Camacho said. He explained that some farmers find the program difficult because it requires them to keep detailed records of their harvests, but in the end it's a worthwhile investment compared to the massive losses they could sustain.

    At times in the past, the government of Guam has provided money to help farmers whose income has been devastated, but the Legislature did not appropriate money for that purpose after Supertyphoon Pongsona in December 2002, and has not this time. Camacho said the governor would have to first declare a disaster for the money to be appropriated.

    In the meantime, Duenas and other farmers around the island have been working to clean up the mess that Tingting left in its wake.

    Part of the loss was because the farmers were not warned about or prepared for the storm’s massive rainfall, Duenas said.

    "I’ve been a farmer for 25 years in Inarajan. This is the first time in my life to see a rain that won’t stop like that," Duenas said. "The old-timers are saying that that happened before, way back in the days, but for me, it was the first time.

    "And they don’t even warn us. I could have saved some banana there (by) bracing them, but there was no message from anybody."

    He said that before he lost all his crops, he was producing enough to make several thousand dollars a month, but now he will be without income for the two to six months it will take him to recuperate his various crops.

    Every other farmer he has spoken with, Duenas said, including his neighbor, who has an aquaculture farm, lost nearly everything.

    "All the farmers are hurting right now," he said.

    July 8, 2004

    Pacific Daily News: www.guampdn.com

    Copyright © 2004 Guam Pacific Daily News. All Rights Reserved

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