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, November 18, 2007
Posted 3:48 PM by Tevita
“Specialty Crops for Pacific Island Agroforestry”—new 2-year research project
will promote farm diversification with specialty crops
From : Permanent Agricultural Resources
Specialty crops are a rapidly growing economic opportunity for farmers who are
interested in diversifying their crops and who are willing to innovate their production
methods, post-harvest processing, and marketing. The large global demand for farm and forest food, fiber and healthcare products presents markets that Pacific islanders are uniquely suited to fill. Noni and kava are examples of two important specialty crops that originated in the Pacific; coffee and vanilla are two valuable crops that originated outside the Pacific but have become highly valuable specialty crops in various Pacific regions. To support the vast potential for new Pacific island specialty crops, Farm and Forest Production and Marketing (FFPM) sheets for 32 crops are being developed to support the region’s participation in the world marketplace for high quality food, fiber, and healthcare products. The FFPM sheets will detail essential information for crop development: horticulture and botany, the roles for each crop in mixed-crop agroforestry, commercial products, product quality standards, location and size of markets, postharvest processing, opportunities for local value-added processing, and the potential for genetic improvement. The completed FFPM sheets will be available for free, unrestricted download in PDF format from http://www.agroforestry.net/. The FFPM sheets will be a valuable resource for Pacific island agricultural extension professionals as well as farmers. The sheets will provide extension-level, detailed information about new crops that are highly compatible with Pacific island agronomic conditions, suitable for agroforestry systems, and appropriate for local and export markets. These crops are “new” in the sense that they are underdeveloped, underutilized,
or not well recognized for their commercial potential. Supporting local Pacific island
agricultural extension professionals with current and detailed processing and marketing information for promising new crops for mixed-crop agroforestry systems will stimulate farm enterprise development while promoting sustainable land use.
This project is funded by the USDA Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program
Permanent Agriculture Resources, PO Box 428, Holualoa, Hawaii 96725, Tel: 808-324-
4427; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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