FALL ARMYWORM Spodoptera frugiperda The Fall Armyworm is in fact not a worm, but a caterpillar in its larval stage. It will then turn into a brown moth with a wing-span of approximately 4cm. The name comes from the way the larvae gather together in large numbers on leaves when feeding. They can be easily […]

Support package for growers and home gardeners

In order to help provide food security for the people of the Cook Islands in these ‘unprecedented times’, the Ministry of Agriculture is introducing a sup-port package for growers and home gardeners to provide a supply of fresh produce for the country over the next three to six months. Under the package the Ministry will […]

Public Service Award

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Mr Russell Thomas, the Public Service Commissioner (PS Commissioner) was pleased to reward today- Mrs Temarama Anguna-Kamana, Ms Tepaeru Herrmann and Ms Diane Charlie-Puna with their Public Service Performance Merit Awards for the 2018/19 Financial year. These awards were in recognition of their performance as Public Service Leaders or Heads of Ministries (HOMs), whose performance […]

Coconut Industry Development regional meeting in Rarotonga.Coconut Industry Development regional meeting in Rarotonga.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Cook Islands Ministry of Agriculture is pleased to be hosting a Coconut Industry Development for the Pacific (CIDP) meeting in Rarotonga. The Minister of Agriculture, the Hon. Rose Toki Brown welcomed participants from Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands to the final meeting of the project. […]

Banana billionaires

As the huge commercially grown banana crops around the world are facing collapse because of a devastating disease, a survey has just been completed of the varieties of plantain (utu and Maori) bananas growing on Rarotonga and Aitutaki. The survey team of Ministry of Agriculture staff was led William Wigmore – the Director of Research […]

Head of Agriculture looking forward to working with new FAO chief

  The Secretary of Agriculture – Mrs. Temarama Anguna-Kamana – says she’s looking forward to establishing a positive working relationship with the new Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Association (UN FAO). Mrs. Anguna-Kamana and the Minister for Agriculture – Hon. Vainetutai Rose Brown – were present at the 41st session of the […]

Launch – State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture

  Mr William Wigmore, Director for Crop Research, Ministry of Agriculture – launched the “State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture”, at a meeting held at the FAO headquarters in Rome on the 22 February 2019, in his capacity as Chair for the Commission on Genetic Resources. This is a first for the […]