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).
PAPGREN coordination and support
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Dr Maurice Wong
Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
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Mr Herman Francisco
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Mr Jimi Saelea
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Thursday, February 16, 2006
Posted 12:20 PM by Luigi
Developments in PNG agriculture
The new issue of the DIDINET Newsletter is out from NARI (email@example.com). Some of the highlights:
Agriculture research helps meet challenges. The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has worked in Papua New Guinea (PNG) for two decades, tackling a range of scientific, social and technical challenges along the way...
Processing of home-grown sweet potato in the pipeline. Papua New Guinea is looking at embarking on a project on the processing of sweet potato in the country. Preliminary discussions are underway between the Crop Research Institute of Sichuan Academy of Agricultural Sciences in China and possible partners of the project including the PNG’s National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) and Fresh produce Development Agency (FPDA)...
Aussie aid for our peanut growers. Peanut growers in the Australian state of Queensland are involved in a new program to help peanut growers from Papua New Guinea revive their industry, local Australian news has revealed. PNG has a vibrant peanut-growing industry in the 1970s but it has steadily declined. According to the Queendsland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries principal physiologist Dr Rao Rachaputi, PNG growers will be taught about new nut varieties and satellite technology...
Marketing fresh food in PNG: The Alele story. The Alele Farm Fresh Produce Ltd has been in the forefront of fresh produce development in Papua New Guinea for the last few decades. The entire paper is available with the editor. Development Bulletin can be ordered from the Development Studies Network, Australian National University, Canberra (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)...
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