Blueprint for a better product

beche-merA brand new guidebook to processing sea cucumbers has just been published by project partners SPC and Southern Cross University. Processing sea cucumbers into beche de mer: A manual for Pacific Island fishers, written by Steven Purcell, is based on research funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) aimed at improving the livelihoods of village fishers in the Pacific. Sea cucumbers fetch high prices if processed correctly and the booklet gives fishers easy to follow advice on preparing their harvest properly for the market.

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SPC and PIDF to work together for sustainable development

Friday 20 June 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Nadi, Fiji

SPC-PIDF-MOUThe Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) have made a commitment to work together to address issues relating to sustainable development in the Pacific region.

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SPC supports production of vegetables, safe for human consumption

Friday 20th June 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva

sprayWhen laboratory analysis showed that insecticides used by farmers to control the insect pest of Brassica oleracea (cabbage) are no longer effective, farmers began increasing the dosage. This was revealed in a pesticide forum attended by farmers, pesticide retailers and agriculture officials.

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SPC runs agroforestry training in Vanuatu

Thursday 19 June 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

MarcottingA two-day agroforestry workshop was recently organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Vanuatu  with the main objective of enhancing the knowledge and skills of the participants in the areas of nursery design and management, seeds and seedling production, and plant propagation.

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