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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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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.
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Monday, March 03, 2008
Posted 2:35 PM by Tevita
Cassava biofuel project on positive outlook
From : Didinet Issue 4, 2008
The multi-million kina cassava biofuel project in the Central Province has commenced the first phase of commercialising the cultivation of cassava.
A field day was organised recently at the project site in the Launakalana area of Rigo District to showcase the collaborative efforts by the Papua New Guinea Government and the Korean investor, Changhae Group, which gave birth to a pioneering industry in the country and may one day see PNG become a major player in the biofuel arena in the region.
Senior officials from the Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL), Central Provincial Administration, Department of Trade and Industry, Changhae Group, National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) and community leaders attended the field day.
Prime Minister Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare officiated at the ground breaking ceremony at Bore village in the Rigo area on April 19, 2007, and since then the investor and stakeholders have been working patiently to commence operations.
At the field day, villagers and visitors were shown the progress that has been made so far. Led by DAL and Central Provincial Administration with technical advice from NARI and visiting cassava experts brought in by Changhae, a nursery has been established to plant nine selected varieties. From the nursery work on replication and multiplication of the nine varieties, the seedlings will be transferred to the company estate at Bore and also distributed to surrounding areas for out-grower and smallholder plantings. Associated facilities and infrastructure, including equipment, have been set up at the Bore estate and additional technical staff will soon arrive to take up various duties.
Changhae has plans to develop over 20,000 hectares of land in Launakalana for its nucleus plantations. In addition, it will encourage, to the extent possible, local farmers to grow and supply cassava to the company. High yielding varieties of cassava will be selected and made available to the farmers for cultivation. The farmers will grow cassava and process it into chips by cleaning, chopping and drying them in the sun. These dried chips can be stored for longer periods before they are sold to Changhae, which will initially export to Korea and other countries for processing into ethanol. The second phase of the project will see the setting up of an ethanol plant adjacent to the nucleus plantation where the chips will be processed locally into ethanol and sold to overseas markets.
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