SPC: A regional research initiative is looking at innovative approaches to induce activators in plants to enhance their defences to fight off pests and diseases. The research is focusing on a mechanism by which an activator trips the plants’ own defensive shield. The research work being implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) with donor partners is part of an integrated effort to find sustainable pest management regimes for high value crops such as vegetables.
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors last week endorsed a plan to contribute approximately US$10 million to the Government of Tonga to support the reconstruction and repair of houses for hundreds of families in Ha'apai whose homes were badly damaged or destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Ian in January this year.
After months of testing with the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji, a Nadi company, Skyward Industries, has gone airborne with the latest in DSLR camera technology.