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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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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Posted 2:20 PM by Luigi
Cooperation on agricultural development among PICTS
From DIDINET Issue 1, 2006
The Solomon Islands Government is seeking technical assistance from Papua New Guinea (PNG) for its agricultural development programme. During a recent visit to PNG, Solomon Islands' Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock has shown particular interest in PNG's successful oil palm industry. The ministry was also seeking advice and information on other agricultural industries, including cocoa, coconut, and rice farming and livestock development.
A five-member delegation, led by Minister responsible, Enele Kwanairara, traveled to West New Britain Province during their week-long visit and inspected a few oil palm projects and held discussions with the New Britain Palm Oil Company.
Mr Kwanairara said Solomon Islands is recovering from the ethnic crisis in recent years and is now seeking assistance to revitalize and rebuild its agriculture sector. He said Solomon Islands was lagging behind PNG in terms of agricultural growth, however, both countries can work together to help and enhance their agriculture sector.
Mr Kwanairara said his country is in need of technical assistance in many areas of agriculture and livestock and was willing to get PNG agricultural experts including scientists to work there. He said a national agricultural council has been established and to support its efforts to develop agriculture, the council, through the Ministry will be seeking PNG's support and advice.
He said oil palm development, particularly the out grower scheme, is being introduced in the heavily-populated Malaita region, hence, their visit to PNG oil palm projects was to gather vital information. Oil palm is now regarded as an important economic crop, and landowners are also beginning to understand and co-operate with the government in allowing for agricultural development to take place.
Mr Kwanaira said smallholder rice farming is also being promoted in a big way with the help of the Republic of China on Taiwan, adding that more effort is also given to fruits and nuts development.
His PNG counterpart Mathew Siune warmly welcomed the delegation and assured them that his Department would provide whatever assistance was needed. He said PNG was willing to provide technical assistance in oil palm, cocoa, coconut, coffee, livestock, spices and was also prepared to send qualified agriculturists to work in Solomon Islands.
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