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, May 30, 2005
Posted 2:16 PM by Luigi
Dalo farmers raise concern
Fiji Times, May 28, 2005
A LOCAL exporter has criticised New Zealand's strengthening of its Hazardous Substance Act, saying it would devastate Fiji dalo farmers, suppliers and exporters.
Dalo exporter Alf Hazelman said the Act was passed in 1996 but last year, authorities decided to strengthen the law while assessing imports.
"The way they are going, it will not be long before New Zealand stops buying our dalo."
He said at the moment if they found a live insect on imports, the product was fumigated to kill any other living insect.
Mr Hazelman said the practice was conducted here but local officers tried not to use the process all the time.
He said exporters from Tonga and the Cook Islands would be affected by the amendment.
"Something should be done about the problem because there are a few islands and places in the country that plant dalo extensively and depend on the income for their living," he said.
The Pacific Island Trade and Investment Commission warned dalo could be a luxury item if importers stopped bringing in the root crop because of the cost associated with the Act and a new Organism Act.
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