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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Monday, January 24, 2005
Posted 2:03 PM by Luigi
More on coconut oil as biofuel
From Vanuatu Daily Post, 22 Jan. 2005
The Vanuatu Minister of Lands, Geology, Mines, Energy, and Water Resources, Paul Telukluk, has announced that all vehicles under the Ministry will switch to coconut bio-fuel. Minister Telukluk made the announcement during a recent visit to Vanuatu’s coconut fuel producing company Vanuatu Sea Transit (VAST). All vehicles under the Ministry are expected to begin using the fuel next month. The first government department that decided to use bio-fuel was the Vanuatu Meteorology Department. “The reason of my visit to VAST was not only as a Government Minister but also as Minister responsible for Energy to show my support to the bio-fuel project,” Telukluk said. “My support does not stop here. Since bio-fuel is a source of energy I think it is good for the Ministry to put its support into action.” He said by using bio-fuel it will enforce the recommendations of the Business Forum Matrix.
And in New Caledonia:
From Thierry Mennesson, Directeur Général de l'IAC, Paita, Nouvelle Calédonie
In New Caledonia, and specially in Ouvea, one of the Loyalty Islands, CIRAD has done an important job on coconut oil as biouel. Some cars are running with coconut oil, electricity is produced with generators using coconut oil, even the unit of desalinisation of sea water. Coconut oil is not for use only a substitute for best prices, it helps producers to find real social integration and saves on of infrastructure costs because fuel does not need to be transported to islands: it is already there!
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