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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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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.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Posted 1:09 AM by Luigi
Changes in Samoa
From the Samoa Observer.
Two government ministries will have new Ministers when work resumes today. Salega's Member of Parliament, To'omata Alapati To'omata has been appointed Minister Agriculture and Fisheries.
Former Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Tuisugaleataua Sofara Aveau becomes the new Minister of Natural Resources and Environment. He takes over former Natural Resources and Environment Minister Tagaloa Tuala Sale Kerselake, who recently became President of the Land and Titles Court.
Tuisugaletaua's new portfolio includes the Samoa Meteorology Division at Mulinu'u, WESTEC and Forestry.
While most of Samoa was busy preparing for Cyclone Olaf on Tuesday, To'omata was sworn in at the residence of the Head of State, His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II, at Vailele.
The ceremony was well attended by Cabinet members and To'omata's family and friends. In the absence of His Highness, Malietoa, Member of Council of Deputies Faumuina Anapapa conducted the swearing in ceremony.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi congratulated To'omata. He, however, warned him that he has a tough task ahead. The PM pointed out that whoever becomes a minister must work hard as a servant to the public and the department to which he had been appointed for.
To'omata was the under-secretary to the Minister of Tourism, Commerce, Industry and Labour, Hans Joachim Keil. He has been a member of the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) since 1999. Before entering Parliament, he worked at Agriculture. To'omata holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, and a Diploma in Tropical Agriculture. To'omata, 55, is married with seven children. He resides at Vailoa.
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