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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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Sunday, July 10, 2005
Posted 5:19 PM by Luigi
Breadfruit industry workshop held
Fiji Times - Monday, July 04, 2005
A breadfruit industry workshop was held to discuss the procedures in growing breadfruit as an export good at Legalega research station in Nadi.
The director of research for the agriculture Ministry Jainendra Kumar said there was an urgent need to find solutions in terms of cultivation practices and post harvest treatments to increase the scope for the breadfruit market.
He said breadfruit was an important food crop in many countries especially in the Carribean and the Pacific but the distance of the market centres had become a major issue for the stakeholders in the trade.
The quality of the crop due to its highly perishable nature becomes a problem while exporting.
A project team funded by the NZAid designed a draft manual for "Growing and marketing of breadfruit for export".
Breadfruit export began in October 2001 and current exports stand at around 15 tonnes annually," Project Co-ordinator Andrew McGregor said.
He said the current export was less than what was in the Strategic Plan, which estimated 100 tonnes of crops to be exported by now.
Mr McGregor said to increase the export closer to the market potential would require a lot of effort in areas such as growing and harvesting of the crop.
"The draft manual that we are still trying to finalise is intended to assist our growers and exporters in meeting this challenge."
The manual also provides advice to growers and exporters on the handling of breadfruit for successful export.
The project team hoped that joint efforts by all stakeholders and farmers would see an increase in production to 500 tonnes of breadfruit for export in the next five years.
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