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 11:43 AM by Tevita
Plant your own
Saturday, February 07, 2009
From : Fiji Times
TO avoid buying high-priced vegetables, the Agriculture Ministry has advised people to start their own backyard gardens.
The rising cost of living has forced many homeowners to plant small pieces of land around their houses with vegetables and root crops.
Dhurup Ram Sharma, who is also a pundit by profession has utilised only a small piece of land around his house to grow fruits, vegetables and root crops.
Mr Sharma hails from Tavua and has spent his whole life as a vegetable and sugarcane farmer.
With good planning, pure determination and hard work Mr Sharma has proven farming can also be done in urban areas which secures families with good supply of fresh vegetables and root crops.
In his backyard are a few rows of amaranthus, a few rows of beans, some eggplants, cucumber, chillies which are enough to feed his family.
Mr Sharma said their food garden was a constant source of fresh and nutritious food for his family.
"People should grow food crops of their choice since food garden is accessible and available to the family at all times whether one has or does not have money," said Mr Sharma.
He added home gardens also helped save money that would otherwise be spent on buying food from other sources like the super markets, local markets and shops.
"We ensure that the food crops are free from chemicals used for pest and disease control whilst our spare time is spent in a productive way," Mr Sharma added.
He said sometimes they also sold their excess vegetables along the roadside.
Mr Sharma said maintaining and managing the crops was the most essential step in home gardening.
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