[OP] Reactivating the OPWG
Organic Pineapple Working Group
opwg at lists.ibiblio.org
Sat Mar 10 17:52:10 EST 2007
On 9 Mar 2007, at 4:09 AM, Organic Pineapple Working Group wrote:
> The Organic Pineapple Working Group (OPWG) is a semiautonomous
> subgroup of the Pineapple Working Group (PWG) of the Commission for
> Tropical and Subtropical Horticulture of the International Society
> for Horticultural Science.
> Initially, the OPWG included private, institutional and governmental
> pineapple growers, researchers and specialists in sustainable,
> equitable and integral rural development from Australia, Cuba,
> Dominica, Guyana, Hawaii, India, Ivory Cost, Mexico, Pau Pau New
> Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
> However, the number of members is now double the original amount and
> aside from their names, the newer members haven't identified
> themselves. Therefore, I am going to ask all OPWG subscribers to
> kindly supply either the list as a whole (preferably) or myself The
> following information:
> Name: David Flewell-Smith
> Profession: Farmer Organic and conventional
> Organization: self employed
> Location: Australia
> Current and/or Planned Pineapple related Activities: and
> Willingness or Hesitance to Share Technical Information regarding
> any or all of the following: At the moment, no fresh organic
> pineapples can be imported due to the need to fumigate for weed seeds
> A).- Pest and Disease Control; Yes
> B).- Maintaining Soil Fertility; Yes
> C).- Pineapple Propagation; Yes , conventional
> D).- Induction of Florescence; yes but mum's the word on two out
> E).- Variety Development;
> F).- Pineapple Processing;
> G).- Use of Pineapple Wastes;
> H).- Promotion and Marketing of Organic Pineapple; yes
> I).- Financing Organic Pineapple Production; and ?
> J).- The possibility of participating in a Collaborative Organic
> Pineapple Research Project. yes but limited though there
> is Government funding as part of a overseas aid project.
> I have a new harvester that is able to cut off pineapple
> tops cost about $35,000 US
kaolin clay can be sourced more cheaply than the US sourced
Enhlehard product price in Australia $3800 local source though not as
good is around $A 700 per tonne.
> Until now, the commercial growers among us have been reticent to
> share information with potential competitors. While this is
> understandable, it is never-the-less lamentable, since it makes for
> a pretty dull and inactive OPWG.
> So with the hope of identifying the areas in which a greater degree
> of interchange can occur and to determine how many of you are
> actually out there listening and willing to respond, I'm posting
> this notice to the OPWG list server. The future and importance of
> OPWG depends on your response.
> Douglas Hinds
> Chair, OPWG
> "Douglas Hinds / Dir. Gral." <cedecor at gmx.net> (CeDeCoR, A.C.)
> Centro para el Desarrollo Comunitario y Rural
> (Center for Community y Rural Development)
> Is anyone using Compost Tea? If so, any comments you care to make
> (to the group as a whole or to me directly) regarding the details
> and the results would be appreciated.
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