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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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Friday, May 26, 2006
Posted 8:57 PM by Luigi
Lobby On International Kava Standards
Friday: May 26, 2006
(Port Vila Presse/PacNews) - Vanuatu kava stakeholders have unanimously agreed to lead the lobby for improved quality of the product, locally and internationally, Port Vila Presse reports.
This is based on the many kava varieties in Vanuatu compared to Fiji, Tonga, Papua New Guinea and the French territory of Wallis and Futuna.
At a meeting in Port Vila, organised by the department of quarantine, it was explained to kava traders that it was now time to introduce kava on the Codex Alimentarus rules.
It was also agreed during the meeting to set-up a committee to write a draft on standards, guidelines, codes of practice and recommendations on kava.
If the Vanuatu traditional drink is to adhere to the Codex Alimentarius rules, it would mean that the country has a lot to do in improving the quality and the infrastructure in rural area.
The total value of kava exports for 2005 was VT300 million (US$2.7 million).
The Codex Alimentarius standards relate to product characteristics and deal with all government-regulated characteristics appropriate to the commodity.
In 1963, the Eleventh Session of the FAO Conference and the Sixteenth World Health Assembly both passed resolutions to establish the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
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