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).




PAPGREN coordination and support

  • CTA
  • SPC
  • CEPaCT

     genebank locations
    Click on the thumbnail to see a map of the locations of Pacific genebanks. Click here to download a regional directory of genebanks in the Pacific, including information on their location, contact details and holdings.

    PAPGREN partners

    Mr William Wigmore
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture
    Department of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 96
    Cook Islands
    Tel: (682) 28711-29720
    Fax: (682) 21881
    Email: cimoa@oyster.net.ck

    Mr Adelino S. Lorens
    Agriculture Pohnpei
    Office of Economic Affairs
    P.O. Box 1028
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Tel: (691) 3202400
    Fax: (691) 3202127
    Email: pniagriculture@mail.fm

    Dr Lois Englberger
    Island Food Community of Pohnpei
    Research Advisor
    P.O. Box 2299
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Email: nutrition@mail.fm

    Mr Apisai Ucuboi
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forest
    Koronivia Research Station
    P.O. Box 77
    Fiji Islands
    Tel: (679) 3477044
    Fax: (679) 3477546-400262
    Email: apisainu@yahoo.com

    Dr Maurice Wong
    Service du Developpement Rural
    B.P. 100
    Tahiti 98713
    French Polynesia
    Tel: (689) 42 81 44
    Fax: (689) 42 08 31
    Email: maurice.wong@rural.gov.pf

    Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
    Head, Research Section
    Division of Agriculture
    Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development
    P.O. Box 267
    Tel: (686) 28096-28108-28080
    Fax: (686) 28121
    Email : agriculture@tskl.net.ki; Beenna_ti@yahoo.com

    Mr Frederick Muller
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 1727
    Majuro 96960
    Marshall Islands
    Tel: (692) 6253206
    Fax: (692) 6257471
    Email: rndsec@ntamar.net

    Mr Herman Francisco
    Bureau of Agriculture
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 460
    Koror 96940
    Tel: (680) 4881517
    Fax: (680) 4881725
    Email: bnrd@pnccwg.palaunet.com

    Ms Rosa Kambuou
    Principal Scientist PGR
    NARI Dry Lowlands Programme
    Laloki Agricultural Research Station
    P.O. Box 1828
    National Capital District
    Papua New Guinea
    Tel: (675) 3235511
    Fax: (675) 3234733
    Email: kambuou@global.net.pg

    Ms Laisene Samuelu
    Principal Crop Development Officer
    Crops Division
    Ministry of Agriculture, Forests, Fisheries & Meteorology
    P.O. Box 1874
    Tel: (685) 23416-20605
    Fax: (685) 20607-23996
    Email: lsamuelu@lesamoa.net

    Mr Jimi Saelea
    Director of Research
    Department of Agriculture and Livestock
    P.O. Box G13
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 27987

    Mr Tony Jansen
    Planting Materials Network
    Kastom Gaden Association
    Burns Creek, Honiara
    P.O. Box 742
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 39551
    Email: kastomgaden@solomon.com.sb

    Mr Finao Pole
    Head of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture & Forests
    P.O. Box 14
    Tel: (676) 23038
    Fax: (676) 24271
    Email: thaangana@hotmail.com

    Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
    Head of Research
    Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
    Private Mail Bag 040
    Port Vila
    Tel: (678) 22525
    Fax: (678) 25265
    Email: flehi@hotmail.com

    Other links

    Other CROP agencies
    Forum Secretariat
    University of the South Pacific

    Pacific biodiversity
    Biodiversity hotspots
    Breadfruit Institute
    Hawaiian native plants
    Intellectual property rights
    Nature Conservancy
    WWF South Pacific Program

    Other Pacific organizations
    Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific
    Micronesian Seminar
    Te Puna web directory

    Pacific news
    Cafe Pacific
    CocoNET Wireless
    Island Directory
    Pacific Islands News
    Pacific Islands Report
    Pacific Islands Travel
    Pacific Time
    South Pacific travel
    Time Pacific

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    Thursday, March 03, 2005

    Banana processing around the world

    Two stories from Ghana and India on adding value to bananas through processing.

    Industries urged to process plantains, banana into industrial use

    Asamankese (E/R), Feb. 22, GNA - The Project Coordinator, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr Felix Anno-Nyarko had said there was the need to assess the post-harvest and marketing strategies of plantain and banana in Ghana. He said despite the importance of plantain and banana, post-harvest losses are very high in the country, as a result of the sensitivity of the crops to temperature.

    Dr Anno-Nyarko said this on Monday during the launch of a new hybrid plantain at a farmers' forum at Asamankese in West Akim District in the Eastern Region. He said though there was the high demand for raw plantain, its processing into flour and chips and banana into fruit juice and baby food seemed not to be catching up and therefore, urged companies to shift their attention there.

    Dr Anno-Nyarko said plans were far advanced to launch a consultancy study to assess the economic importance and determine seasonal trends of plantain marketing, both locally and for export among other factors that might be associated with the post-harvest management of plantain. He said the study would evaluate mechanisms involved in the post-harvest handling of plantain and banana, saying, "this would become a working tool for the future". He said the Food Research Institute of the CSIR had developed several products from plantain and banana with its co-ordinating partner, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) based in Ibadan, Nigeria, and had also developed novel processing options that reduce the bulk, extend the shelf-life and reduce transportation cost, while adding value and extending the market to the urban consumers.

    Dr Anno-Nyarko said the information from the consultancy study would make it possible to assess the application of the available options and demonstrate these options to farmers and other stakeholders. He said there would be a systematic training and equipment acquisition programme targeting at least 900 women.

    Tamil Nadu banana farmers seek value addition from the fruit

    India News: Tiruchirapalli (Tamil Nadu), Feb.17 - Banana growers, who were anxious to dispose of immature bunches or those falling off early due to wind, need worry no longer. There could be a huge demand for these in the days to come. Thanks to the National Research Centre on Banana (NRCB), which has exploited the technique of preparing "pickle" from such bunch, which would otherwise have been condemned as waste. Maybe it is yet another instance of generating wealth from waste (though not exactly).

    Though there is a market for such immature bunch, growers do not get a good price, although they are desperate to effect a sale and realise cash instead of allowing the produce to rot. Banana pickle, Banana powder, Banana juice, Banana health drink, Banana wine, Banana jam, Banana chips and Banana cakes are some of the value added products to name a few. The research institute conducts training programmes regularly to create awareness on the value-additions to this fruit. The NRCB has evolved as many as 32 (formulae) value-added products, ranging from the common chips, slice, banana cereal to wine besides handicraft items using the plant fibre.

    India is the world's largest banana producing country. It annually produces 16.5 million tonnes of banana which is grown in 4.5 lakh hectares of land. But the most unfortunate thing is that India even after being the largest producer of banana does not export it, this has made us to go for value added products. World production of banana is estimated at 48.9 million tonnes out of which 10.4 million tonnes, is contributed by India.

    India ranks No.1 in production followed by Brazil (5.5 million tonnes), Indonesia (2.3 million tonnes), Philippines (3.8 million tonnes), China (1.9 million tonnes) and Australia (1.8 million tonnes). In India, Maharashtra state is the largest banana producing state followed by Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Assam, Andhra Pradesh and others. In Tamil Nadu banana is cultivated in 83,308 ha with an annual production of 2,782 million tonnes (mainly in Tiruchi district which is a cauvery delta region). The productivity in Tamil Nadu is 33.39 tonnes/ha compared to 38.1 tonnes/ha in Gujarat. Banana is easy to digest, fat free and rich in carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins. It has a caloric value of 67 to 137 calories per 100 grams. (ANI)

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