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Monday, 25 September 2017

New agriculture portals launched in the Pacific

Two new online information systems launched recently is aimed at increasing agricultural productivity in Fiji and the Pacific. According to the Pacific Community (SPC) the Agricultural Policy Bank and the Pacific Agricultural Information System (PAIS), are set to make a major contribution towards the collection and use of data in the agriculture sector. European Union Delegation for the Pacific's Head of Cooperation, Christoph Wagner launched the two new online portals with APB representatives from 15 Pacific ACP countries (Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu). "The EU is very proud to support the work of the Pacific agriculture policy project, and particularly in launching these two important pieces of regional agricultural communication infrastructure. "It will be a chance for all stakeholders to remain updated and benefit from direct access to policy and research of the region," said Mr Wagner. According to the Pacific Community the Agricultural Policy Bank contains more than 160 policies, guidelines, plans and relevant reports from 15 Pacific Island countries, enabling ready access to these national guiding documents. Meanwhile Pacific Agricultural Information System (PAIS) is an on-line database of scientific research, training materials and other information to enable rural advisory services to draw upon the wealth of knowledge and information that has been built up through decades of work. It said so far more than 38,000 digital records have been uploaded into PAIS from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and SPC.

Source: Fiji Times