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, March 16, 2006
Posted 8:48 PM by Luigi
SAMOA: SDUP Vows To Help Private Sector Revive Coconut Industry
March 16, 2006
Two weeks out from Samoa's general elections, the main opposition party has turned its focus to out of work coconut farmers by promising to revive the flagging coconut industry.
The Samoa Democratic United Party said this week that it if elected into government, they will initiate reforms that will encourage the private sector to be at the forefront of coconut production.
The SDUP cited problems in the past with government involvement, alleging nepotism in the tendering process which resulted in the main coconut mill in the Vaitele going into receivership.
"The SDUP do not consider that the public sector (and a SDUP Government) should engage in trading or manufacturing (as buying of copra and coconut oil production are)," a SDUP statement read.
"It's approach is to encourage the private sector to enter these fields with government support, but not compete with it."
SDUP argues that the current machinery and equipment at Vaitele is run down and that the overseas market is too tough to compete with price-wise.
SDUP said it supports the plans by the 'Aufaipopo' Society to set up two new mills, one on Upolu and one in Savaii, and the restablishment of coconut plantings. They would grant subsidies on weed killers and fertilisers to local coconut farmers and set up coconut seed gardens.
-Peter Rees/Pacific Magazine
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