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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Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Posted 2:21 PM by Luigi
PNG coconut sector undergoing audit
By Baeau Tai, The National
THE country's coconut industry is undergoing major reassessment, Agriculture and Livestock Minister Mathew Siune said. The new board of the Kokonas Indastri Koporesen (KIK) and the management team are currently reviewing the status of the coconut industry, with focus on funds and how the sector is being managed, Mr Siune added. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu will do the audit of the KIK operations to determine if funds were properly used and ethics were maintained. Mr Siune said the audit report is expected to be given to the management next month. Mr Siune was reacting to warnings from Opposition Leader Peter O'Neil "that the ailing coconut industry will die unless the Government steps in and overhauls its management".
"The Somare Government will ensure that KIK develops the industry based on the production of diversified coconut products by its stakeholders to improve their income and increase export of coconut products," Mr Siune said. He said so far KIK has instituted the following:
"For KIK annual reports to be tabled in Parliament, financial accounts for KIK have to be audited before they can be included in the reports." The Auditor General's Office has only been able to audit the financial reports up to 2001. "The KIK Management is negotiating with the Auditor General's Office to have the KIK financial accounts audited up to 2004 by the end of 2005.A major annual report will be prepared for KIK for presentation in 2006 once the financial audits are completed," Mr Siune said.
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