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, March 28, 2005
Posted 6:25 PM by Luigi
Setback in Fiji breadfruit exports
From Monday's Fiji Sun.
The disappointment in breadfruit exports stems from poor quality control measures, post harvest handling and workable bait spray regimes that have not been addressed. The Agriculture Ministry made the comment during a workshop on developments in the breadfruit industry this month.
It said there was potential in Australia and NZ markets for breadfruit exports from Fiji after records soared from 5.5 tonnes shipped in 2002 to 10.5 tonnes last year. There was room for more, the ministry said.
A breadfruit quality project has been approved and was being implemented through a joint venture between industry representatives, the ministry and other stakeholders. The project will help determine temperature profile, proper fruit handling methods to extend its shelf life and maintain quality and coordinate a research progamme for commercial breadfruit farming.
The fruit seels at close to F$4 a kilogram in overseas markets.
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