A blog maintained by Tevita Kete, PGR Officer
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
This weblog documents the activities of Pacific Agricultural Genetic Resources Network (PAPGREN), along with other information on plant genetic resources (PGR) in the Pacific.
The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
SPC also hosts the Centre of Pacific Crops and Trees (CEPaCT). The CEPaCT maintains regional in vitro collections of crops important to the Pacific and carries out research on tissue culture technology. The CEPaCT Adviser is Dr Mary Taylor (MaryT@spc.int), the CEPaCT Curator is Ms Valerie Tuia (ValerieT@spc.int).
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Mr Adelino S. Lorens
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Dr Maurice Wong
Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
Mr Frederick Muller
Mr Herman Francisco
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Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
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Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Posted 5:37 PM by Luigi
Banana and Giant Swamp Taro Workshop, Kolonia, Pohnpei, FSM
A farmers' workshop was held August 20, 2003, at the Agriculture Office Conference Room in Kolonia, Pohnpei from 9-12 am, organized by the Pohnpei Agriculture Office and the College of Micronesia (COM)-Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Land Grant Office. The 31 participants included representatives from each of the five municipalities of Pohnpei Island and the outer islands of Mokil, Pingelap, Sapuahfik, and Kapingamarangi and agriculture officers and extension agents. Mr Adelino Lorens, Chief of Agriculture, Mr Jackson Phillips, Associate Director, COM-FSM Pohnpei Campus, and Dr Lois Englberger, University of Queensland, led the meeting. Dr Englberger shared with participants some recent results of nutritional analysis of local food crops, and discussed the health benefits of these crops. Color photos of the bunches, hands, fingers, and flesh of banana varieties and also of the tubers of giant swamp taro were displayed on the wall, creating much interest and discussion. Participants later divided into three working groups and prepared listings of all banana and giant swamp taro varieties now grown in Pohnpei State, noting special characteristics and multiple names (those varieties that may be listed by different names). 60 banana names and 48 giant swamp taro names were documented, although there is still work required to collate the three lists and remove multiple names. A delicious meal was provided of local food only, including various dishes of banana, taro, yam, breadfruit, and fish. Plans were made to meet again in October 2003, once the three listings are synthesized. The workshop was part of a project supported by the PAPGREN project, coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
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