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
Mr William Wigmore
Mr Adelino S. Lorens
Dr Lois Englberger
Mr Apisai Ucuboi
Dr Maurice Wong
Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
Mr Frederick Muller
Mr Herman Francisco
Ms Rosa Kambuou
Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
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Sunday, July 08, 2007
Posted 12:59 PM by Tevita
BIOFUEL DEMAND HIKES AGRICULTURE PRICES
From : FAO
World prices for many food products could increase due to greater demand for biofuels. Long term changes in markets are also due to reduced crop surpluses and a decline in export subsidies. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) set this scenario in OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2007-2016.
The growing use of cereals, sugar, oilseed and vegetables oils for ethanol and bio-diesel are changing crop prices and indirectly through higher animal feed costs and livestock products. In the US alone, annual maize-based ethanol output is expected to double between 2006 and 2016. Added to this are temporary factors like droughts in wheat-growing regions and low stocks accounting for the recent increases in farm commodity prices.
For more information, contact Erwin Northoff of FAO at Erwin.firstname.lastname@example.org
(Courtesy of : Mary Taylor)
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