PPS Components & Projects
Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:39

PPS Components

New Zealand Australia Pest Management in the Pacific (PMP):

 

EU Pacific Plant Protection Service (PPP):

  • Biosecurity

  • Entomology (in preparation)

  • Plant Pathology (in preparation)

  • Weed Management (in preparation)

New Zealand Australia Pest Management in the Pacific (PMP):

  • FRUIT FLY MANAGEMENT
    The Fruit Fly Project was started in 1994 with funding from AusAID, UNDP and NZODA to effectively control these pests and increase Pacific Island fruit exports. It operates in all twenty-two SPC member countries. Demonstrations are held to show farmers how to use fruit bagging and protein bait spraying methods to control fruit flies. The project has also developed a way of treating fruits by heat after harvesting and testing it for fruit fly larvae before exporting. More details of this project can be seen in: Fruit Fly Project. For more information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • COOK ISLANDS-NIUE-TOKELAU PLANT PROTECTION
    The NZODA-funded project looks at plant protection needs in Niue, Tokelau and the Cook Islands. The project focuses on their quarantine services in order to safely increase international and domestic trade in these countries. The three countries have an environment relatively free of pests and diseases. Vigilant quarantine services are needed to preserve this favorable status, and hence to protect the economy and farmers from the risk of exotic pests and diseases entering.  Plans are underway to develop 'user-pays' quarantine services with the governments and upgrade quarantine buildings. The project is supporting the development of the national quarantine service of Tokelau. Support is also being provided for the control of rats and rhinoceros beetles which harm crops in the country. For more information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • INFORMATION AND EXTENSION SERVICE
    PPS Information provides clients in the PICTs, donor and other stakeholder communities with access to PPS publications, information on current and forthcoming events and staff travel, and other topics as arise. Information dissemination is by e-mail mailing lists for Pest Advisory Leaflets, Pest Alerts and the Pacific Pest Info newsletter, by this Internet site, by fax and mail and by distribution of CD disks. The Pacific Pest List Database is also managed by this unit: for a description of the system, click here, and for downloading the User's Manual and PLD training materials, click here. For more information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    Linkages from extension to policy and research are often tenous resulting in restricted flows of information on advances in technology and policy to extension services and, ultimately, to farmers. Extension approaches are often based on traditional top-down training methods. This component aims to support the introduction of participatory practices targeting farmer groups and examining gender issues, and to support enhanced information management harnessing electronic information and communication technologies. For more information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    The Publications unit edits and produces the Pest Advisory Leaflets, Pest Alerts, the Pacific Pest Info newsletter and other materials as they arise including posters and videos. Click here for the Publications page. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  • PLANT PROTECTION (MICRONESIA)
    Funded by AusAID, this project specifically targets the plant protection concerns of the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands. It provides technical support and allows quarantine concerns to be managed locally. This helps to protect plants against pests in the Northern Pacific. For more information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • TARO BEETLE MANAGEMENT
    The Taro Beetle Management Project, funded by the European Union aims to find an effective, cheap and environmentally safe way to manage the taro beetle population in the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Kiribati, Vanuatu. Trials have been carried out on the use of microorganisms to kill the beetles or their larvae. A public awareness  campaign asked people to stop bringing taro from countries that have the beetle. For more information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • TARO PEST PROJECT

    The main purpose of this project is to collate existing information (from formal publications, grey literature and unpublished data from previous research projects) into a single package, allowing pest and diseases diagnosis for taro in the South Pacific.  TaroPest will also contain extension information for each identified pest, plus any necessary additional information as determined by the respective plant protection specialist (virologists, entomologists, etc).  In a single, collated form, TaroPest can become a “one-stop-shop” for quarantine and agricultural officers.  Three primary benefits arise from this approach:

(i) Information currently with restricted distribution will be made more widely available;

(ii) By incorporating a diagnostic component with extension material, users can find appropriate information even if they did not originally know what was the problem.

(iii) Because the core of TaroPest will be built around CD-ROM product, it will be easily and cheaply updated, particularly if hosted live on a server;

Through the development of the information package, substantial capacity enhancement will occur.  Knowledge of Lucid based information and diagnostic packages is becoming wide-spread throughout the Pacific region as more and more specialist products are being built.  However, such packages are being created outside the region (eg in Australia, New Zealand, North America) and the knowledge on how to build products of local importance is still largely underdeveloped.  By the end of the project Marjorie Kame (PNG) and the PPS TaroPest technician will have advanced skills in the development of Lucid products, which they will gain directly through the project.  Further to this, professional staff at SPCPPS, QUT and NAQIA will be exposed to the building process and will thus be better able to understand how to make information and diagnostic packages within their own specialist areas.  As an example of this, Mr Mark Ero (PNG NARI), with training from Amy Carmichael at QUT, is now using Lucid to build working keys to pest species of Oribius as part of ACIAR project CS2/2001/032.

The approach being taken in this project is appropriate to the requirements of the Pacific region.  Lack of collections and diagnostic skills means that support tools, such as we propose, are urgently needed for quarantine and field use.

EU Plant Protection Service:

PLANT PROTECTION IN THE PACIFIC (PPP)
Funded by the European Development Fund, the PPPS project supports the plant protection and quarantine departments of eight Pacific ACP states and three OCT territories. The programme can provide technical advice, training, equipment, biocontrol, identification and information services.

ACP: Countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific that are signatories to the Lome convention. There are eight ACP countries in the Pacific: Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Western Samoa.

OCT: Overseas Countries and Territories: Countries in a special relationship to EU member states. In the Pacific region they include French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Pitcairn and Wallis and Futuna

  • BIOSECURITY (QUARANTINE)
    Biosecurity is a new component within the Plant Protection Service of the SPC funded by the European Union under the Plant Protection in the Pacific Project (PPP). Its main objective is to support the establishment of effective and sustainable quarantine services in the region. The component will be working closely with the national quarantine services of the PICTs. It focuses on the areas of compliance with international phytosanitary standards, capacity building, strengthening and harmonisation of quarantine laws, emergency response planning for pest outbreaks, and increasing awareness of quarantine requirements amongst traders and the traveling public. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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For further information on any of these projects please contact:
Plant Protection Service,
Secretariat of the Pacific Community,
Private Mail Bag,
Suva, Fiji Islands.

Tel : (679) 370733
Fax: (679) 370021

or Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Effective management can help maintain productivity of land resources,stregthen food security, safeguard the environment and increase revenue. Plant Health strives to improve awareness on environmental implications of agricultural practices and offering safer environmentally friendly options.