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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Thursday, October 20, 2005
Posted 1:36 PM by Luigi
INIBAP’s First Global Banana Uses Enterprise Workshop and Technology Fair held in the Philippines
A better livelihood for banana farmers and processors around the world awaits but is within reach as the International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain (INIBAP) recently held its First Global Banana Uses Enterprise Workshop and Technology Fair at the Manila Southwoods Manor and Cavite State University last 10-13 October. The theme of the workshop was “Musa processing businesses and their support environment: potential contribution to rural development and biodiversity through value-adding”. More than 35 experts in the fields of product development, business development, processing technology, food technology, postharvest technology, marketing research, and rural enterprise development from Asia, Africa, and Central America gathered together to participate in the workshop.
4th Banana Asia Pacific Network Steering Committee Meeting held in the Philippines
Back to back with the Global Banana Uses Enterprise Workshop, the Steering Committee of the Banana Asia Pacific Network of INIBAP convened for its 4th annual steering committee meeting at the Manila Southwoods Manor on 13-15 October. Workshop results were presented to the members of the Steering Committee. Preliminary plans on processing were discussed; however, venturing into the processing business is considered premature since there are still many banana production issues to address in most member-countries. The meeting was mostly devoted to the discussion of the regional Musa Conservation Strategy for the Global Trust Fund. Member countries came up with the criteria for Musa conservation and follow-up actions which were adopted by the committee. Dr Mary Taylor (SPC) and Ms Rosa Kambuou (NARI-PNG) attended from the Pacific.
Clarification by Gus Molina of INIBAP. In particular, the following regarding the BAPNET meeting: ”however, venturing into the processing business is considered premature since there are still many banana production issues to address in most member-countries.”Post a Comment
The BAPNET Steering Committee recognized that the issue of banana processing and enterprise is a very relevant and important issue to address in order to improve the livelihood of the banana sector, which would consequently provide opportunities for wider use of Musa diversity, thus conservation. However, for the workshop-study results and recommendations to be advanced or operationalized, the BAPNET Steering Committee felt that these are better brought and addressed by different R&D and business and enterprise sectors, or the BAPNET should expand its memberships to include these sectors. The current BAPNET are generally composed of NARS primarily concerned on production and related issues including Musa conservation. Rightly so, they think that there are still many important and relevant production-conservation concerns that have to be addressed to improve the livelihoods of many small scale growers. The Musa conservation strategy was well discussed and endorsed. The BAPNET Steering Committee also discussed and agreed on a research agenda on a very important issue. This is to prioritize R&D activities addressing banana fusarium wilt, considered the most threatening banana disease in Asia and the Pacific and beyond. A regional R&D project to mitigate this threat is being developed where in all countries in the region including PNG and the Pacific will be involved.
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