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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European Union assistance helps exporter tap into US market

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

Bula Island Food Supplies Ltd, a local agribusiness enterprise operating out of Nadi, has completed its first consignment of around 13 tonnes of frozen vegetables, fruits, root crops and fish for the USA market last month.

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SPC targets reduction of pesticide use in Agriculture

Wednesday 26th March 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) 

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in collaboration with United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has organised a week-long ‘Training of Trainers’ course, from 24-28 March 2014 at Koronivia Research Station, Fiji to discuss major safety issues dealing with pesticides.

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