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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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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Posted 9:42 PM by Tevita
Organic standards to add value to agricultural produce
From : Radio New Zealand International
Posted at 22:32 on 11 August, 2008 UTC
Organic standards for agricultural produce in the Pacific region have been developed and will be officially launched in Samoa next month.
Adi Maimalaga Tafuna’i , executive director of Samoa’s NGO Women in Business Inc. says complying with organic standards is always a major issue especially for agricultural exports.
Last year the NGO launched Samoa’s coconut oil to the world through the international skin care brand, the Body Shop.
Adi Tafuna’i says it was exciting to have helped develop organic standards with New Zealand and Pacific expertise which is crucial to competing with international markets.
“We’ve actually helped to develop some organic standards that are specific to the Pacific, and that’s going to be launched very soon in September in Samoa through the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. We’ve been very much a part of that because we see our future in the Pacific will be in agriculture, because agriculture is really our most sustainable source of anything to do economically.”
Adi Tafuna’i says an organic standard throughout the Pacific region will add value to the small quantities of agricultural produce for export.
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