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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Friday, February 11, 2005
Posted 4:17 PM by Luigi
New copra factory in Samoa
APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Feb. 8) – There is increased optimism in the coconut industry with the opening yesterday of a new production plant to be operated by Desico Samoa at Vaitele. Production is already underway at the government-funded 4.2 million tala (US$1.5 million) facility, was launched at a ceremony at the Vaitele plant. Minister of Finance Misa Telefoni said that the production plant, leased by Desico Samoa from the Provident Fund, is an investment for contributors and in the coconut industry. The Provident Fund is now the biggest shareholder in Desico Samoa, which was originally operated with Sri Lankan business interests but later ran into problems. "There will be critics who will say NPF is investing too much, and the projected return is inadequate," Misa said. But Government, Misa said, is fully supportive of the Provident Fund board's decision to both invest in Desico and in facilities for it.
SPC's Plant Protection Service are funding and supporting MAFF&M Samoa in their efforts to mobilize communities to assist in the removal of breeding sites for the Rhino Beetle and looking after traps. This is being done through the use of traditional structures with the help of the Department of Internal Affairs, which handles all matters concerning villages.Post a Comment
SPC entomologist Sada Lal is assisting through the testing of low cost pheromones and sending fungus and virus material for testing in NZ. A multi-phased public awareness effort began late last year with funding from the European Union.
The main point is that "this is a Samoan government priority" and PPS is supporting MAFF&M efforts. Because the money & marketing end is looking good - opening of the new Desico Samoa coconut production plant - hence the need for controlling a pest that has popped up after many years of neglect.
In the end: no nuts, no copra for the new Desico plant, no money in the hands of producers.
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