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, December 08, 2004
Posted 12:18 PM by Luigi
New Sweet Potatoes for PNG
From CTA's latest Spore at http://spore.cta.int/spore114/spore114_brief.asp#a5.
The Lowlands Agricultural Experiment Station (LAES), the largest research station of the National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI), celebrated its 75th Anniversary by releasing 79 sweet potato varieties suitable for the normal lowland conditions of Papua New Guinea (PNG). These include four drought-tolerant varieties.The cultivars all have acceptable yields with good market and consumer appeal. They also have a range of other important traits which allow growers and users to choose the variety that best suits their needs or preferences, such as good tuber shape and colour (including orange tuber flesh colour with a high B-carotene content), dry matter content, processing characteristics, flesh texture after boiling and varying levels of sweetness.
The release of these cultivars will give farmers in lowland areas of PNG a wider range of superior sweet potato varieties to choose from and will improve their food security and income generation. The 79 varieties were selected from 1 167 varieties tested over a 9-year period by the European Union Pacific Regional AgriculturalProgram (PRAP) project. The potential impact of these elite varieties is considerable. Sweet potato is the major staple crop grown in PNG and is a food staple for approximately 60% of the rural population in the lowlands.The ability to select and grow varieties suitable for specific uses such as the fast food industry or processing into flour for the baking industry has the potential to increase the use of sweet potato products and could compete with existing flour or potato imports.
Website : www.nari.org.pg
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