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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Monday, April 30, 2007
Posted 10:04 PM by Tevita
Kerala commercial capital to host 2nd International Coconut Summit
From: Kerala News
India, despite being a major coconut producer, is lagging behind smaller producers in applying value addition and introducing new coconut-based products in the world market, chairman of the International Coconut Summit K I Vasu said today.
Announcing the holding of the second International Coconut Summit here from May 7 to 11, Dr Vasu said the summit would focus on production and processing technologies in coconut and coir sector, innovations and profitable marketing in national and international markets.
A business meet would be held on May ten as part of the summit for the benefit of potential entrepreneurs to become familiar with emerging technologies, he said in a release here.
Experts from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Jamaica and Ivory Coast would be taking part in the summit, which would be inaugurated by Kerala Governor R L Bhatia on May seven.
State Finance Minister Thomas Issac would preside over the function, which would also be attended by Orissa Agriculture Minister Surendra Naik, Coir Board Chairman A C Jose and Coconut Development Board Chairperson Minnie Mathew.
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