FIJI TO HOST INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH MEET

CAPTION: PM Bainimarama. File Photo.

Fiji will host a five day international meeting and will see local and international sugar research personnel sharing information on ?erianthus? ? a sugar hybrid.

?The International Workshop on Noblisation of erianthus has been made possible through the funding from the European Union in Brussels under the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) ? sugar research programme,? the Sugar Research Institute of Fiji?s chief executive officer Jai Gawander said.

Erianthus is a hybrid of sugar cane to increase yield and fibre in the cane via hybrid of Noble (normal cane) and varieties such as Mana (most commonly used for sugar production).

The meeting would see sugar hybrid experts from India, China and Australia making presentations on their success stories and how they were able to achieve this hybrid when other sugar producing countries failed.

?Only two groups of people in the world have claimed to be successful in erianthus breeding and this workshop would give other sugar growing countries a chance to learn from them and try implementing erianthus in their countries,? Mr Gawander said.

?The world authority on erianthus breeding will also be present and presentations on bio ? technology usage in this process would be highlighted.?

Countries that have confirmed participation include Australia, Japan, China, India, France, United States of America, Vietnam, Mauritius and Myanmar.

The meeting is scheduled for May, 23 to 27.

MINFO