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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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Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Posted 4:42 PM by Luigi
Farmer Training Workshop on Banana Improvement, Marshall
From Dr Dilip Nandwani of the College of the Marshall Islands, Majuro.
The Second Banana Farmers Training Workshop was opened on the 20 September at the College of the Marshall Islands’ Science Station, Arrak. The workshop was organized by CMI, the Ministry of Resources and Development and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN. The week-long workshop provided training in banana production using the narrow-pit system, composting and organic bulking to farmers, research assistants and CMI’s agriculture class students. The resource persons included FAO consultant Dr Winston Charles, Land Grant Researcher Dr Dilip Nandwani and staff of the Technical Mission of ROC to RMI.
Banana is an important staple food in the
A project has therefore been formulated and implemented with assistance from FAO to strengthen national capability to overcome the many constraints that limit the successful production of banana in the RMI. Among the constraints are poor planting materials, inadequate agricultural practices, lack of efficient control of diseases, poor post-harvest handling, marketing and storability.
RMI recognizes the urgent need to grow more food to keep pace with the ever expanding demand caused by rapid population growth rate. In the project, efforts have been concentrated on the application of improved technology generated from banana research to the agricultural sector in RMI to increase production.
The following project activities are in progress:
Tissue culture plants of both local and introduced cultivars of banana have been produced at the Land Grant research laboratory in collaboration with regional and international research centers. New introductions of more than twenty- five cultivars are under field trial and have produced quality bunches in many cases. Tissue culture plantlets have been distributed to the farmer community in Majuro and outer islands.
More than thirty farmers, students and Research Assistants attended the training. The workshop was closed by CMI President Dr Wayne Schmidt, who awarded the certificates to participants. Our sincere thanks to the SPC Regional Germplasm Centre (RGC), INIBAP and DPI, Australia for providing valuable banana germplasm to Marshall Islands, the FAO for funding support and the Technical Mission of ROC to RMI for active participation and support.
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