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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Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Posted 5:25 PM by Luigi
Control of kava dieback
Drom Dr Richard Davis, SPC Virologist.
Tomorrow (28 September), the Fiji Ministry of Agriculture and SPC LRD will together officially launch the kava dieback disease integrated pest management package. It is a set of simple cultural control measures that kava growers can use to beat their worst production problem: a disease caused by a virus, but only when the virus acts in combination with other things.
These interacting factors make things a little complex, but the bottom line is that the package involves no chemicals, and sits nicely in a sustainable agroforestry setting.
The package is a result of about four years of collaborative research, with a strong participatory emphasis, -paid for by the EU and the Fiji Govt.
We finalised the whole thing at the start of the year and put it straight into an SPC pest advisory leaflet, then also into a Fiji Ministry leaflet.
However, we soon realised that few farmers really knew of its existence. Tomorrow's official launch with all associated ceremony and publicity aims to fix that.
We are bussing kava farmers and extension officers from many far flung corners of Viti Levu to one kava farm in Tailevu. It is only two minutes out of Korovou town, so not hard to get to from here. Other kava farmers and extension officers are coming from nearby islands like Ovalau, Kadavu, etc.
In Tailevu tomorrow, we plan to 'hands on' demonstrate what we are talking about. Information material will be full colour leaflets and posters in English and Fijian.
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