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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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Sunday, March 20, 2005
Posted 2:12 PM by Luigi
Rare Pohnpei Bananas Collected and Shared
By Dr Lois Englberger, Island Food Community of Pohnpei
Due to a growing demand all over the island, an inter-agency project based at Pohnpei Agriculture has now been initiated to provide rare banana planting materials to Pohnpei farmers and others. The purpose of the project is to increase production and consumption of these nutrient-rich local varieties.
The project was announced through radio spots, and farmers who have these rare bananas and wish to provide planting materials were registered. A meeting was then held on 21 February 2005 at the Pohnpei Agriculture office with these farmers and staff of Pohnpei Agriculture, College of Micronesia-FSM Land Grant Office and the Island Food Community of Pohnpei.
Farmers were asked which varieties might be most important to collect, and agreed upon the following: Karat, Utin Iap, Akadahn Weitahta, Mangat, Ihpali, Karat en Iap, Kudud and Utiak. All of these are rich in provitamin A carotenoids and have special health benefits.
It was carefully explained that good quality planting materials were needed, and for each good quality sucker the farmer would be paid $1. Suckers of lesser quality would be $0.25 per piece.
All suckers received were also dipped in a chlorox and water mixture to reduce the spread of any disease or pests that a sucker might have.
At the same time, the COM-FSM Land Grant extension agents started identifying those farmers who would be interested in receiving planting material and increasing their production of these bananas, possibly also for supplying local markets.
By 9 March 2005, Eddie Roland of Pohnpei Agriculture had received 656 banana suckers, 610 of which were Karat. Two growers, Markary Amor and Luwis Manuel, provided most of these (450 suckers).
The planting material distribution has now started. To receive a sucker, a person must contact either Pohnpei Agriculture (tel. 320-2400) or COM-FSM Land Grant (tel. 320-5731) and agree to the conditions set out in the Farmers Agreement Form. These conditions include agreeing to plant and maintain the planting materials provided and to cooperate with project staff to supply needed information, access to the farmer’s land, and later to provide an equal amount of quality planting material to be distributed to other Pohnpei farmers. In this way it is hoped that markets may soon be selling a greater diversity of banana varieties and home consumption of these bananas also increases.
This project is supported by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain, and the SPC Pacific German Regional Forestry Project.
I am a Filipino who is very interested on your banana cultivars specifically karat, Utin iap and Utimwas. Do you have programs to distibute planting materials outside of Pohnpei or Micronesia? I want to order for delivery to Quezon province Philippines. Please advice how can I and how much and the minimum quantity of sucker or planting materials.Post a Comment
Thank you and best regards.
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