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
Mr William Wigmore
Mr Adelino S. Lorens
Dr Lois Englberger
Mr Apisai Ucuboi
Dr Maurice Wong
Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
Mr Frederick Muller
Mr Herman Francisco
Ms Rosa Kambuou
Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
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Monday, September 06, 2004
Posted 1:21 PM by Luigi
Noni in Samoa
This just in from O le Siosiomaga Society, a Samoan environment NGO.
In a few days time, O le Siosiomaga Society, with financial assistance of more than US$25,000 from its Platinum eco-partner Nonu Samoa Enterprise will be celebrating for the first time in Samoa a new and annual national event called (Nonu Samoa Day 2004) for the new cash crop and medicinal plant Nonu or (Noni) which is also scientifically known as Morinda citrofolia.
Nonu has now ranked as the second revenue earner for Samoa according to reports from the Samoa Central Bank and has boosted the participation of our village community members in cultivating this eco-friendly crop.
Nonu Samoa Day Event is a a result of close collaborative effort of Nonu Samoa Enterprise and your society to ensure that a greater portion of the benefits from exporting this crop will flow back to the village communities while at the same time having less impact on Samoa's precious environment - a classic example of practical sustainable development activity.
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