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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.
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 28, 2005
Posted 2:30 PM by Luigi
Fresh ideas for PNG potato industry sought
From Warea Orapa (SPC).
The potato industry in Papua New Guinea may be given fresh direction after a two-day Potato Forum, which began yesterday and ends today.
The forum in Mt Hagen has had representations from major players in the industry and has created a platform for stakeholders to generate ideas and recommendations for the future of the industry since it was hit by the late potato blight in February 2003. The forum is the first major one since the blight struck.
Chairman of the late potato blight ground working committee (LPBGWC) Graham Ross said this week the forum, titled “Way Forward for the PNG Potato Industry”, would look at practical aspects of the industry and make recommendations to the National Government for policy directives for the future of the industry.“We want direction for the future of the industry and to know where farmers and stakeholders are positioned to face future challenges. “The forum is the initiative of the LPBGWC with a strong view to know what the future holds for industry in PNG and is being facilitated by the Rural Industry Council.” Mr Ross commended and acknowledged the support of the Rural Industry Council and other major sponsors. He said the forum would place emphasis on the following industry issues:
The forum was introduced by Rural Industry Council chairman John Nilkare. Speakers spoke on historical aspects of the industry, production trends, the late blight effect, current status of industry and the importance of industry to PNG. Today, papers will be presented on the scientific overview of the late potato blight, the role of institutions, how industry handled the situation, chemical trial, quarantine issues, strategies for future security, future direction, evaluation on variety performance, chemicals and safety aspects, retailers association, and recommendations for the future.
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