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, February 07, 2005
Posted 3:12 PM by Luigi
Taro in Hawaii
From Pacific Business News.
Poi millers used 1.3 million pounds of taro in the fourth quarter of 2004, down 4 percent from the previous quarter but up 10 percent from the fourth quarter of 2003, the Hawaii Agricultural Statistics Service estimates.
Production came in at 420,000 pounds in October, down 5 percent from the month before, the same amount in November, and 450,000 pounds in December, the second highest monthly production of the year, after July.
For the full year 2004, total taro for poi production was 5 million pounds, up 6 percent from 2003.
"Taro farmers faced weather conditions that were less than ideal for taro farming during the fourth quarter," said HASS Director Mark Hudson. "Excessive rains and cloudy skies slowed development."
October marks the start of Hawaii's wet season and lived up to the name, with especially punishing rain in that first month.
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