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New portals launched

Monika Singh
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

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 APP 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.

The statement said the system, which builds upon existing national systems, had both an on-line and off-line version and will continue to be supported with resourcing from these four countries plus Land Resources Division of the Pacific Community.

It said the support for the development of the Pacific Agricultural Information System (PAIS), provided a major piece of knowledge management infrastructure for agricultural researchers and extension officers operating in the Pacific, and is symbolic of the sense of co-operation that is occurring within the Pacific Community.

The two online portals were launched at the conclusion of the Pacific Islands Rural Advisory Services network forum in Nadi recently.

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