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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Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
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Monday, August 25, 2008
Posted 5:17 PM by Tevita
SPC's invitation to Pacific Islands Private Sector Enterprises wanting to expand their Trade in Agriculture and Forest Products
From : SPC
The Land Resources Division (LRD) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is launching a new European Union-funded pilot project FACT (Facilitating Agricultural Commodity Trade) to support the development of agriculture, agroforestry and forestry export-orientated enterprises in 14 Pacific Island ACP Countries (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu). FACT will work with private sector enterprises that want to expand their operations to develop new products or improve existing products or production systems.
FACT will provide technical and material assistance to selected enterprises. This will include a joint analysis of their business and supply chain to identify and document problems with the current chain, and areas needing support and new export opportunities.
It is envisaged that project support will include areas such as training of operators
(producers, handlers, processors), provision of necessary post-harvest processing equipment, storage facilities, certification (organic/fair trade/eco), new product development, evaluation and supply of germplasm of new species and varieties, and training in marketing skills such as pricing promotion, distribution, and negotiating.
Selected enterprises will benefit from the expertise of specialised SPC LRD staff that can provide advice and assistance including sustainable production techniques; certification; pest and disease management; meeting necessary quarantine, food safety and quality standards; packaging/labelling/branding; supply chain management and market information.
Interested enterprises, associations and individuals are invited to provide a 1-2 page expression of interest to FACT Project Office to be received by 15th September 2008 including name, type of business/association, contact details, types of product(s)exported and markets, turnover in 2007, number of staff and approximate number of
farmers or suppliers and proposed new export business directions.
Fact Project Officer
SPC Private Mail Bag Suva, Fiji
Ph: 679 3370733 ext 295
Fax: 679 3370021
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