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).
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Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Posted 3:59 PM by Luigi
Fiji to host kava meet
Fiji Times, Thursday, October 21, 2004
FIJI will host the first international kava conference from November 30 to December 2. Cabinet made the decision based on a submission by the Minister for Agriculture, Jonetani Galuinadi, on Tuesday.
Mr Galuinadi said the conference was organised in conjunction with the International Kava Executive Committee meeting established following the recent kava symposium in Europe.
He said the major goals of the conference was to provide an international forum for discussions on the scientific and regulatory situation of kava and evaluate new scientific data on toxicity and efficacy of the crop.
Mr Galuinadi said it was also aimed at creating an improved quality control system of kava raw material from the South Pacific and identifying ways to secure the future of the industry.
He said with Germany and other kava importers currently reviewing legislation and protocol on the importation of the commodity, it was apparent that ground work was done before the lifting of the trade ban.
"A collaborative effort is currently being undertaken under the umbrella of the International Kava Executive Council to address the situation at the International Kava Conference serving as the staging ground," he said.
He said scientific papers presented during the conference would also highlight other bi-products of kava apart from the pharmaceuticals.
"These biproducts can be in the form of cosmetics, which is a billion dollar industry, and the industrial use of kava," he said.
Regional representatives and producers from Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu and government representatives will attend the conference.
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