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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Sunday, October 29, 2006
Posted 6:07 PM by Luigi
New varieties released in Fiji
Fiji Times, October 28, 2006.
NEW varieties of cowpeas, soya beans and rice will be launched next week in a move to improve local food production and exports, the Agriculture Ministry announced yesterday.
Agriculture Minister Gyani Nand will launch the new variety of crops at a field day at Legalega Research Station in Nadi on Wednesday.
The new varieties were developed by the research centre. Director of research Moti Lal Autar said the new variety of cowpea can be grown all year-round because of favourable local conditions and could be exported throughout the year, bringing in more income for local farmers. Last year, 40 tonnes of cowpea were exported to Australia and New Zealand.
The second new crop, soya bean had a lot of potential for the local hotel industry, mainly for Japanese tourists, who preferred soya bean in their diets, Soya bean was one of the crops developed to assist in the reduction of food imports. Fiji imports around $400million worth of food each year mainly for the tourism sector, he said. The new rice variety introduced in Fiji in early 1970s, will be released next week after years of experiments.
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