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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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Sunday, March 20, 2005
Posted 3:13 PM by Luigi
Duruka in Fiji
There have been two articles recently in the Fiji Times on duruka, or Saccharum edule. This is known as pitpit in PNG, where there are probably many more than the 2 varieties mentioned for Fiji. There are germplasm collections in Fiji (Naduruloulou Research Station, Ministry of Agriculture, Sugar and Land Resettlement) and PNG (NARI Wet Lowlands Islands Programme – Keravat, East New Britain Province; 15 accessions). The articles are reproduced below...
Duruka a hit overseas (Saturday, March 19, 2005)
THE locally-grown crop duruka (Saccharum edule) is gaining popularity overseas, says the manager of a local food canning company.
"Last year the company exported 2000 cartons of canned duruka," said Food Processors Fiji Limited manager Dron Prasad. "This year the target is 6000 cartons.
The company is willing to buy 80-100,000 bundles of duruka this year at the farm gate price of $2 a bundle and they will also provide the transport if the farmers can supply more than a thousand bundles of duruka."
He said duruka was popular amongst locals residing overseas.
The company packs duruka into brine-filled 400gram cans and exports them to Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America.
Most of their duruka suppliers are from the Tailevu, Naitasiri, Korovou, Vunidawa and Namosi areas.
Savenaca Tuivaga, a senior agriculture assistant at the Vunidawa office, said most of the farmers in the tikina of Waima planted duruka as a source of income.
The farmers in the area will be harvesting duruka in a few weeks time, he said. They expect to harvest more than 800 bundles this year. Naqara Village in Naitasiri is another of the company's biggest suppliers.
Last year the farmers supplied 7548 bundles of duruka valued at $15,096, a 4.8 per cent increase when compared to the previous year.
The main season for duruka is from April to June. It takes about six to eight months for the plant to mature after planting.
The plant belongs to the same family as sugarcane - the grass family, and is actually the flower of wild sugar cane.
Local delicacy back in season (Monday, March 14, 2005)
Duruka is in season once again with bundles selling at up to $6 in the markets and roadsides. The Ministry of Agriculture in a recent release stated that Duruka or Saccharum edule was gaining popularity in overseas markets very quickly. Local canning company Food Processors Fiji Limited packs duruka with brine in 400 grams can and exports to Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America.
Production manager Dron Prasad said duruka was popular with local people overseas and last year the company exported 2000 cartons of duruka and expecting to pack 6,000 cartons this year.
"The company is willing to buy 80 to 100,000 bundles of duruka this year at the farm gate price of $2 a bundle and will provide transport if the farmers can supply more than 1000 bundles.''
There are two varieties of duruka: Green local variety and Red local variety.
The Red variety matures between December to January while the green variety that is canned season is usually ready between February to March with supplies coming in from Tailevu, Naitasiri, Korovou, Vunidawa and Namosi.
Senior Agriculture Assistant at Vunidawa Savenaca Tuivaga said most of the farmers in Waima tikina planted duruka as a source of income. He said the farmers of Naqara Village were one of the biggest suppliers of duruka to Food Processors Fiji Limited.
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