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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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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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Monday, November 29, 2004
Posted 6:14 PM by Luigi
Farmers Diversity Show in Solomon Islands
This just in from Inia Barry of Kasdom Gaden Association (email@example.com) in Soloomon Islands.
Kolombangara and Rannongga farmers have come together for the first time for a Farmers' Diversity Show at Gizo market today (Thursday, 25th November 2004).
Farmers involved in the Planting Materials Network (PMN) in Kolombangara had the idea of having a Farmers' Diversity Show so that they could come together and show the diversity of the different crops that they grow and encourage, learn and share with each other about the variety of different food crops that can be grown and different farming techniques.
Farmers registered in the morning and displayed their best produce and their best local kai kai dishes for a competition. Judges from the Kastom Gaden staff, Ministry of Health and Save the Children staff looked at all of the produce on display from different farmers, and awarded prizes for the best fruit, best vegetable, best root crop, best diversity of produce and best tasting local kai kai. First, second and third prizes were given for each category.
Other events during the day included farmers exchanging planting materials of the different crops in their gardens, both seeds and suckers, as well as farmers talking about the activities that they are doing carrying out in their communities. This included information about two farmer training centres that have been set up by active farmers in Western Province – the Sausama Grassroots Farmer School and the Kusi Organic Agro-Centre. Both of these farmer training centres have been set up by farmers with support from their communities, with the purpose of providing training in improved sustainable farming techniques for farmers in the local areas.
Inia Barry, Mary Timothy and Karen Lummis from the Kastom Gaden staff helped coordinate the day, and the EU Micro-Projects helped support the event. The farmer members of the Planting Materials Network, and the staff of Kastom Gaden, would like to thank the EU for their ongoing support to the activities of the national farmers network, the Planting Materials Network.
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