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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.
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Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Posted 3:45 PM by Luigi
Trobriand yam harvest festival a success
By HENZY YAKHAM
From The National
THIS year's Milamala (yam harvest) festival on Trobriand Islands has been hailed as a great success. The praise came from Trobriand Islands paramount chief Pulayasi Daniel after the weeklong celebration. Chief Daniel commended his people for working hard to make this yam season a good gardening year. He said the success was indicated by the large quantities of yam harvested and the peaceful celebrations. Chief Daniel stressed the importance of yam for the Kiriwina (Trobriand) people, it is the cornerstone of their lives. "Yam has a lot to do with the people's livelihood because it dictates the status of people, creates power, provides social security and safety," he added.
Chief Daniel said for a long while, the significance of yam will remain intact even though the modern cash economy provided sustenance of many Trobriand islanders. He said among others, the annual Milamala festival:
* Preserve and promote the Trobriand culture
* Retain the identity of the people
* Promote competition among the people to grow more yams
* Encourage people to be self-supporting through local food production
* Bind villagers together (have and have not)
* Promotes tourism and spin-off businesses
* Putting Milamala on the right calendar
But chief Daniel also warned his people to be wary of threat to future Milamala festivals from bad influences of people returning home from other parts of the country. "People returning home or taking part in future festivals may bring back bad influences and practices not accepted in our communities," he said. Citing stealing as an example he said theft was a shameful act in the Trobriand society and such practice were unacceptable.
Chief Daniel said another threat to the Milamala Festival was people involving themselves in practices not traditional to Trobriand culture and way of life. "The use of modern guitars and copying other styles of dancing and songs not originally from the Trobriand Islands are threats to the real spirit and meaning of Milamala," he stressed.
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