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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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, December 06, 2004
Posted 6:12 PM by Luigi
Gardening and football competitions in Kiribati
Just received this from Tianeti Beena of the Agriculture Division in Kiribati.
Saturday 4th December 2004 was DSAP day on Marakei island as competitions sponsored by the project came to a climax. DSAP is the EU-funded Developing Sustainable Agriculture in the Pacific project. The DSAP committee on Marakei invited the Minister for Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development to be the guest of honour. Due to his committement to a Parliament session, the Honourable Minister could not attend, but the Deputy Secretary, the OIC for the Agriculture Division, the DSAP National Committee, and the three DSAP national staff went to Marakei to witness the progress of the project on the island and to award prizes.
All the schools on the island participated in a gardening competition. School gardens were properly fenced and planted; they had to have different varieties and no less than ten plants per variety. Tahiti Primary school won this competition. There was also a soccer competition. Youths had to have planted food crops in their homes before they were accepted to join the team. Lots of banana trees were planted and babai (giant swamp taro) cultivation also picked up because of this competition.
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