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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Sunday, October 24, 2004
Posted 1:46 PM by Luigi
Kiribati World Food Day and National Agriculture Day
The following was received from Mr Tianeti Ioane Beenna of the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development of Kiribati.
World Food Day and National Agriculture Day was celebrated in Kiribati on the 15th October. The guest speaker was the Minister of Internal and Social Affairs, who addressed the audience of government ministers and permanent secretaries, directors from the private sector, government departments, church organizations and women's associations and the general public. Planting materials and live animals (pigs, chickens, dugs) from the Agriculture Division, fish products from the Fisheries Division, and garden products from the Taiwan mission and private farmers were sold to the guets and public. The Health and Nutrition Unit demonstrated and measured diabetes and high blood pressure for the public and provided advice on healthy diets, including the use of traditional foods.
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