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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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Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
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Mr Herman Francisco
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Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
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Thursday, April 20, 2006
Posted 8:48 PM by Luigi
Fruit processing in Kiribati
The following message was sent by Betarim Rimon in Kiribati to Lois Englberger. They both agreed to share it more widely...
As part of sharing information process, Kiribati has approved our fruit processing project that was very much inspired by your pandanus research. The expected mill be a pilot one and it’s implementation will be only to test run the machines and fine tune them so it reaches maximum performance and also to see if processing local fruits namely pandanus, breadfruit, local fig fruits, giant taro and even coconut toddy. FAO has assisted us in providing guidelines and other important considerations before we actually go into it.
As for funding, total funding is AU$206,000 and Kiribati, with the financial help of Taiwan, has provide 50% of funding while the Centre for the Development of the enterprises (CDE based in Brussels) had agreed to donate the other 50%. Only recently that we received information from CDE that they have changed their mind and therefore could not provide anymore their 50% contribution.
Even then, we have now secured $103,000 from local funding (Taiwan assistance) and we are now going to start our project with only this 50%. This would mean a downscaling also by 50%. Partners in the project are our Ministry, the Ministry of Commerce and the Development Bank of Kiribati.
Content of the project is to begin with the pandanus, breadfruit and banana. We are aiming at a number of products like baby foods, juice and snacks. We are now working closely with the Techso company of Australia in getting the right machine for this purpose. We are not looking at offshore markets, we will begin with local market first. If the project is successful, then other arrangements like privatizing the mill or tendering it to the private sector, or expanding it into a government owned company. All these optional arrangements will be determined during the course of the project.
I hope this information is interesting and thanks for your remain interest in our pandanus. We will be very grateful if you other inputs from your end.
Mr Betarim Rimon
Senior Project Officer and FAO NC for Kiribati
Project and Planning Office
Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development
PO Box 234
Republic of Kiribati
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