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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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Friday, March 04, 2005
Posted 7:57 PM by Luigi
Spread of Banana Wilt worrying Ugandan MPs
Sometimes, plant protection problems reach the highest levels of gevernment. Here's an example from Uganda.
New Vision (Kampala), March 4, 2005, Milton Olupot and Joyce Namutebi
The banana wilt disease could become a national disaster if the Government does not intervene, MPs have said. They said the wilt was spreading at an alarming rate and was almost covering the whole country. James Mwandha (PWD Eastern) said the wilt had covered more than three quarters of the country. He demanded to know what action the Government was taking.
The Prime Minister, Prof. Apolo Nsibambi, said the Government was trying to find a remedy. He, however, asked parliament to give the agriculture minister time to present a comprehensive statement to Parliament. Aruu County MP Odonga Otto said transportation of dry banana leaves by the Movement supporters was one of the causes of the rapid spread of the wilt. He demanded that government bans the transportation of banana leaves from place to place.
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