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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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Sunday, April 26, 2009
Posted 8:13 PM by Tevita
Asian bee a threat to Solomon Islands commercial honey
27 APRIL 2009 HONIARA (Pacnews) ---- Following discovery of the lethal Asian bees in 2003, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) has immediately embarked on suppressing the bees before they would spread and cause disruption to Solomon Islands’ commercial honey, reports Island Sun newspaper.
“Research is continuing as to how best to contain the spreading of Asian bees,” Solomon Islands Permanent Secretary (PS) of Agriculture and Livestock, Henry Pika, revealed last week.
Mr Pika said at the moment farmers, particularly on the Guadalcanal plains, are banned from producing honey due to initial discovery of Asian bees at Tenaru.
“We fear Guadalcanal farmers might help to spread Asian bees to other places since the bees were initially discovered at Tenaru in 2003,” Mr. Pika said. Based on this understanding, Ministry has temporarily halted production of honey from Guadalcanal plains farmers, Mr Pika confirmed.
Mr Pika said there are installments of equipments at sites said to be affected and agriculture officers are monitoring how to contain the spread of it and possibly, a total suppression of it.
“Overseas agencies are assisting in terms of provision of specialized equipments to combat the Asian bee,” Mr Pika affirmed.
Mr. Pika said Asian bees are highly mobile, therefore, it is important that farmers and the ministry must work together to devise a proper means of stopping them from spreading.
“The best we can do is suppressed it,” Mr Pika reiterated.
Mr. Pika urged farmers to work closely with the ministry in a concerted effort to suppress Asian bees.
Asian bees carry a parasite called “Varon Jacobsoni” that can destroy larva of the commercial honey bee. The destruction of larva can cause negative impact on the overall production of honey.
Meanwhile, Mr.Pika also reaffirmed that eradication of giant African snail is still on.
Mr. Pika said Ranandi where giant African snail was initially found is showing signs of reduction of it. ….PNS (ENDS)
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