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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Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Posted 7:00 PM by Luigi
Road map for Fiji agriculture
Fiji Times, November 21, 2006.
Agriculture Minister Gyani Nand believes a road map prepared for agriculture will see tremendous development of the sector in the next ten years.
Mr Nand said the ministry was now focusing on import substitution, food security, facilitation of export of agricultural products and promotion of investment.
Speaking during a Field Day at Nadi he said these major policy areas would be driven by various programmes like the Alternative Livelihood Project the Sugar Reform National Adaptation Strategy and the Rural and Outer Islands Project.
Mr Nand said that there were great opportunities for agro-processing, tourism- agricultural linkages, import substitution, horticulture, niche export crops, floriculture and a strong subsistence sector.
"We must take up these opportunities as a challenge to drive the agriculture sector forward," Mr. Nand said while speaking to about 400 farmers, exporters and other agriculturalists.
"Vegetables, fruits, root crops, pulses and spices will continue to be promoted in the country, though priority commodities will depend on market demand," he said.
He said that production of pulses including cowpeas, pigeon peas, urd and mung, that were commercially grown in Fiji in the late 70s have gradually decreased leading to a $4 million import last year.
But Mr Nand said production has picked up once again and 35 tonnes were exported to New Zealand while two tonnes of frozen green seeds were exported to Australia and USA last year.
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