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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Sunday, February 08, 2009
Posted 11:46 AM by Tevita
Company opens door for veggie farmers
Story by the Ministry of Agriculture
Saturday, February 07, 2009
From: Fiji Times
While hundreds of farmers around the country are still coming to terms over the loss of their income caused by the recent floods, the story is different for Navua farmers.
They are full of joy following an announcement that a local company was willing to buy their vegetables for export.
The Navua-based Company Kaiming Agro Processing Limited (KAPL), has successfully established overseas markets for local chillies and is calling on farmers to produce more to fulfil the export demand.
KAPL managing director Kaiming Qiu said there was a huge demand for local crops in the overseas market and farmers should take advantage of the opportunity by increasing their local production.
Mr Qiu said farmers should grow more cassava, dalo, ginger and also chillies for export.
The company needs about one tonne of chillies a month for export, around 800 tonnes of cassava, 300 tonnes of dalo and 50,000 dozen bundles of rourou in a year.
The company is offering $0.45-$0.50 for a kilogram of cassava, $4 a kg for red fire and bongo chillies, $0.90-$1 a kg for dalo and $5 for a dozen bundle of rourou.
"I prefer farmers to supply me with pink and yellow skin cassava since they are of good quality and optimum for export," Qiu said.
Currently KAPL buys most of its cassava from Rakiraki and Tailevu but he insisted the farmers of Navua to take advantage since a market was at the doorstep.
"In an acre a farmer can produce 18 tonnes of cassava and for every tonne he or she can earn up to $450 per year or $8100 per acre in one year.
He said chillies should be picked at matured stage since it would be exported frozen.
"It is very easy to cultivate these crops whereby it has very low production cost and it is advisable for farmers to use poultry manure during land preparation," said Mr Qiu.
Kaiming said it is essential for farmers to maintain and manage the farm in order to obtain a good harvest.
KAPL exports frozen root crops and brined ginger to New Zealand.
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