Central Pacific Shipping Commission special general meeting

Thursday 27 March 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Nadi, Fiji

On 1 January this year, the Central Pacific Shipping Commission (CPSC) became operational. Work to achieve this began after the governments of Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru and Tuvalu signed a regional agreement on international commercial shipping in 2010.

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Training in Web 2.0 and social media information exchange for PNG

Online collaboration and information sharing by the agriculture and rural development community will be promoted in Papua New Guinea (PNG) through a series of training programmes planned for this year.

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SPC collaborates with ACIAR to improve soil health

Scientific research continues on the island of Taveuni, Fiji, to find ways for farmers to improve soil health to support the FJD 20 million taro export industry, with 80% of the tausala taro variety exported by Fiji produced on Taveuni.  The research to improve soil health started in 2011 as part of a project implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), and Fiji Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) Taveuni research and extension staff. Technical assistance is provided by Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. The soil health improvement project is also implemented in Samoa and Kiribati.

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Fiji’s new tissue culture facility commissioned

Thursday 27 March 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

The commissioning of Fiji’s tissue culture facility last Thursday by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Mr Inia Seruiratu, marked another milestone in the partnership between Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and Australian Aid.

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