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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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Thursday, November 13, 2008
Posted 4:17 PM by Tevita
Horticulture programme outlay may go up
From : The Hindu
TIRUCHI: The National Horticulture Mission has had a good impact and the allocation for the programme is likely to be increased to about Rs.3,000 crore during the XI Plan, said H.P.Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticulture), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
Though there may be a few minor shortcomings, the mission has been well executed.
The accent has been on using technology for promoting horticulture crops, he said speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the sixth steering committee meeting of Banana Asia Specific Network (BAPNET) hosted by the ICAR and Bioversity International here on Wednesday.
Dr.Singh also disclosed that the allocation of the National Research Centre on Banana (NRCB) in Tiruchi is likely to be more than doubled during the XI Plan.
It was likely to touch about Rs.15 crore and most of the additional allocation would be spent on improving the infrastructure of the centre.
Explaining some of the latest research projects taken up by ICAR, Dr.Singh said India was part of an international research initiative on the genomics of potato and ICAR would be contributing about Rs.29 crore for the project. The project aims at gene mapping of potato. A research project on virus attacks on diverse crops is likely to be sanctioned soon at a cost of Rs.40 crore.
Earlier, speaking at the inauguration of the BAPNET meet, Dr.Singh called for trans-border collaborative research to tackle challenges in growing banana and the diseases that were spreading across the borders. Climate change posed an important challenge as the associated temperature rise and change in rainfall pattern could have an impact on horticulture crops, especially banana. The gene revolution was throwing many solutions but effective partnerships were needed to tackle the challenges.
Agustin B.Molina, Regional Coordinator for Asia and Pacific, Bioversity International and Executive Secretary, BAPNET, said the dreaded and virulent tropical race 4 of panama wilt, a major production threat to Cavendish and other varieties of banana, was spreading in Asia and posing a threat.
It was essential to check the spread of the disease in China and the Philippines, two major Cavendish-producing countries, and its spread to other countries. Nicolas Roux, Project Coordinator, Bioversity International, emphasised on the importance of conserving and using genetic diversity in banana, especially in Asia and the Pacific.
M.M.Mustafa, Director, NRCB, and P.Sundararaju of NRCB, spoke.
Four scientists including Dr.Mustafa, S.Uma, Senior Scientist, NRCB, Nik Maskek, Senior Researcher, Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, and Rosa N.Kambuou, Principal Scientist, National Agricultural Research Institute, Papua New Guinea, were conferred the Pisang Raja awards.
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