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).




PAPGREN coordination and support

  • CTA
  • SPC
  • CEPaCT

     genebank locations
    Click on the thumbnail to see a map of the locations of Pacific genebanks. Click here to download a regional directory of genebanks in the Pacific, including information on their location, contact details and holdings.

    PAPGREN partners

    Mr William Wigmore
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture
    Department of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 96
    Cook Islands
    Tel: (682) 28711-29720
    Fax: (682) 21881
    Email: cimoa@oyster.net.ck

    Mr Adelino S. Lorens
    Agriculture Pohnpei
    Office of Economic Affairs
    P.O. Box 1028
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Tel: (691) 3202400
    Fax: (691) 3202127
    Email: pniagriculture@mail.fm

    Dr Lois Englberger
    Island Food Community of Pohnpei
    Research Advisor
    P.O. Box 2299
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Email: nutrition@mail.fm

    Mr Apisai Ucuboi
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forest
    Koronivia Research Station
    P.O. Box 77
    Fiji Islands
    Tel: (679) 3477044
    Fax: (679) 3477546-400262
    Email: apisainu@yahoo.com

    Dr Maurice Wong
    Service du Developpement Rural
    B.P. 100
    Tahiti 98713
    French Polynesia
    Tel: (689) 42 81 44
    Fax: (689) 42 08 31
    Email: maurice.wong@rural.gov.pf

    Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
    Head, Research Section
    Division of Agriculture
    Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development
    P.O. Box 267
    Tel: (686) 28096-28108-28080
    Fax: (686) 28121
    Email : agriculture@tskl.net.ki; Beenna_ti@yahoo.com

    Mr Frederick Muller
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 1727
    Majuro 96960
    Marshall Islands
    Tel: (692) 6253206
    Fax: (692) 6257471
    Email: rndsec@ntamar.net

    Mr Herman Francisco
    Bureau of Agriculture
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 460
    Koror 96940
    Tel: (680) 4881517
    Fax: (680) 4881725
    Email: bnrd@pnccwg.palaunet.com

    Ms Rosa Kambuou
    Principal Scientist PGR
    NARI Dry Lowlands Programme
    Laloki Agricultural Research Station
    P.O. Box 1828
    National Capital District
    Papua New Guinea
    Tel: (675) 3235511
    Fax: (675) 3234733
    Email: kambuou@global.net.pg

    Ms Laisene Samuelu
    Principal Crop Development Officer
    Crops Division
    Ministry of Agriculture, Forests, Fisheries & Meteorology
    P.O. Box 1874
    Tel: (685) 23416-20605
    Fax: (685) 20607-23996
    Email: lsamuelu@lesamoa.net

    Mr Jimi Saelea
    Director of Research
    Department of Agriculture and Livestock
    P.O. Box G13
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 27987

    Mr Tony Jansen
    Planting Materials Network
    Kastom Gaden Association
    Burns Creek, Honiara
    P.O. Box 742
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 39551
    Email: kastomgaden@solomon.com.sb

    Mr Finao Pole
    Head of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture & Forests
    P.O. Box 14
    Tel: (676) 23038
    Fax: (676) 24271
    Email: thaangana@hotmail.com

    Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
    Head of Research
    Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
    Private Mail Bag 040
    Port Vila
    Tel: (678) 22525
    Fax: (678) 25265
    Email: flehi@hotmail.com

    Other links

    Other CROP agencies
    Forum Secretariat
    University of the South Pacific

    Pacific biodiversity
    Biodiversity hotspots
    Breadfruit Institute
    Hawaiian native plants
    Intellectual property rights
    Nature Conservancy
    WWF South Pacific Program

    Other Pacific organizations
    Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific
    Micronesian Seminar
    Te Puna web directory

    Pacific news
    Cafe Pacific
    CocoNET Wireless
    Island Directory
    Pacific Islands News
    Pacific Islands Report
    Pacific Islands Travel
    Pacific Time
    South Pacific travel
    Time Pacific

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    Sunday, December 03, 2006

    News from PNG

    From the DIDINET newsletter (Editor (seniorl.anzu@nari.org.pg), PNG National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI).

    Woman farmer receives International Award

    A Papua New Guinean farmer and women leader has been recognised internationally for being one of the most outstanding role models for women farmers in PNG. From Mutzin in the Markham valley, Maria Linibi (51), was bestowed with an international award by Switzerland based Women’s World Summit Foundation for her leading role in agricultural innovations and rural development.

    This year’s award, titled “Women’s Creativity in Rural Life”, was given to 14 laureates from around the world and Mrs Linibi was among five from the Asia and Oceania category. Other awardees under this category were two from China and one each from India and Indonesia.

    Mrs Linibi was nominated by PNG’s National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) and the Queensland Department of Primary Industry, Australia.

    A proud Mrs Linibi said women’s silent whispers have been heard around the globe. Said Mrs Linibi: “To be recognised in the world is a privilege to me, PNG women farmers and the farming community at large”.

    A highly competent farmer and business women in her own right, Mrs Linibi and her husband have huge experiences as farmers and trainers in agriculture. They have stood out as model farmers and their potentials are well recognised within the PNG farming and agriculture circles.

    Mrs Linibi worked as a public servant with the Western Highlands Provincial Government for many years and after resigning in 1990, she has gone into farming with her husband and became successful. She has tirelessly used her experience to stimulate and encourage women farmers in a range of skills and techniques in farming throughout the country.

    Some of the agricultural research and development organisations that Mrs Linibi works with as a farmer, farmer representative, trainer and farmer extension worker include NARI, Fresh Produce Development Agency, Cocoa and Coconut Institute, Department of Agriculture and Livestock, Ramu Sugar Limited and the Republic of China on Taiwan. Mrs Linibi is also a member of the NARI Council, representing PNG women farmers and smallholders from the Momase region.

    Morobe Agricultural Show

    The 46th Morobe Provincial Agricultural Show was again organised by the Show Society from November 4-5, 2006. Thousands of farmers, school students and people of all works of life flocked the Lae Show Ground to see displays and demonstrations and other entertaining activities. A number of agricultural research and development organisations showcased their initiatives on agricultural and rural development in PNG. These included Cocoa Coconut Institute, Department of Agriculture and Livestock, National Agricultural Research Institute, Coffee Industry Corporation and Alele Fresh Produce. Agribusinesses such as Trukai Industries and Ramu Sugar Limited again took the centre stage - also as sponsors of the two-day event.

    Exhibitors ensured farmers and show goers got value for their money by providing them with information and technologies on a range of issues in food crop and livestock production, post harvest and down stream processing of food and other goods from locally available resources using simple techniques, and many more.

    Adding flavour to these were the demonstration plots with life plants near stalls of some of these agricultural organisations at the showground.

    PNG’s wild food crop species under microscope

    A number of wild species of food crops in PNG have attracted the attention of the international community for characterization and documentation as experts believed they have no records of their existence. Scientists from Japan’s National Institute of Agro-Biological Sciences (NIAS) were in the country in July 2006 to collect wild rice (oryza spp.), wild vigna species, sago and other food crops species. This trip was their final in line with a Memorandum of Understanding with NARI three years ago to collect, conserve, characterize and document wild relatives of food crop species. They were in the Western and Gulf Provinces with staff from the National Agricultural Research Institute’s (NARI) Plant Genetic Resources rogramme.

    NIAS learnt from old archives and herbarium specimens in Europe that PNG has a number of wild rice and wild vigna species. The MOU was for the scientists to identify what these species are and document what PNG has in the wild.

    NARI PGR Programme Leader Rosa Kambuou said the scientific knowledge on these crop species is broaden and scientists now know where these wild progenitors are located and found in the country. She said the team is characterizing these collected germplasm through DNA fingerprinting techniques, adding that the wild rice of PNG are 'tetraploids' and would not be used in improvement programmes with the domesticated species, Oryza sativa, which is a 'diploid'.

    The team collected not only wild relatives of vigna and rice but also of cassava, sago, bean, banana and aibika.

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