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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Thursday, June 23, 2005
Posted 4:20 PM by Luigi
Fiji coconut juice attracts taste buds
Fiji Times, June 23, 2005
Coconut juice or bu has been a hit among the local Japanese people visiting the Pacific Pavilion during Fiji Week celebrations.
The Fiji Booth which has been selling the drink at the Pavilion has had people returning for another taste of the bu.
It has surpassed the rate at which other soft drinks have been sold by nearby pavilions, which sell large well known and popular food drinks.
People coming to buy the drinks have ranged from the old to very young.
The preference of the bu drink over the other soft drinks was merely because of taste and its ability to quench and satisfy thirst during the heat wave experienced at the Aichi exposition.
The drink is selling at $11 Fiji dollars which is equal to 721 Japanese yen.
The selling of the bu has also been significant because in essence it has created an observance of the theme of nature's wisdom in the way Fijians or Pacific islanders live in harmony with nature and their surroundings.
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