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).
PAPGREN coordination and support
Mr William Wigmore
Mr Adelino S. Lorens
Dr Lois Englberger
Mr Apisai Ucuboi
Dr Maurice Wong
Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
Mr Frederick Muller
Mr Herman Francisco
Ms Rosa Kambuou
Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
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Monday, March 28, 2005
Posted 4:06 PM by Luigi
Pohnpei karat bananas in Japan?
From Dr Lois Englberger.
We have just heard some exciting news relating to Karat. An officer from the Pohnpei Visitors Bureau just shared with me that Mr Sei Uemoto from the Sei Restaurant here in Pohnpei recently exhibited Karat bananas along with his pepper (black) at the large Foodex trade exhibition in Japan. "Senbikiya," one of the most famous fruit shop chains in Japan, showed interest in Karat banana and asked him to export it!
Mr. Sei Uemoto has now joined the Pohnpei Rare Banana Project, and is planting Karat in his garden in Kitti Municipality.
The Pohnpei Rare Banana Project is an inter-agency project supported by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Regional Germplasm Centre and the International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain, and is designed to increase production of Karat and other rare Pohnpei bananas, for both local consumption and export. Planting material is being purchased from those farmers who have the planting material, and is being then distributed through the College of Micronesia-FSM Land Grant program extension officers, to those who agree to the conditions of the program (later sharing of an equal number of planting material).
Karat contains high levels of provitamin A and total carotenoids, riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (another B vitamin) and alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E). Thus, consumption of Karat could provide many health benefits (protection against diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, vitamin A deficiency and anemia).
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