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Thursday, November 03, 2005
Posted 6:17 PM by Luigi
Karat is Proclaimed the State Banana of Pohnpei
From Lois Englberger: We would like to share with you that Karat has been officially proclaimed as the State Banana of Pohnpei! This is a unique way to promote a very unique banana, rich in carotenoids and offering potential health benefits. Here below is the article that will be coming out in the next Kaselehlie Press newspaper.
An exciting part of the 2005 World Food Day in Pohnpei was the Proclamation of Governor Johnny P. David, setting forth Karat as the Pohnpei State Banana!
The purpose of this proclamation is for awareness, and to help support activities for increasing the production and use of Karat.
The idea for this came from Wehns Billen at the strategy planning session of the Island Food Community of Pohnpei in April 2004. As he said, "Other places have state flowers and state birds, why not Pohnpei have its own state banana?"
Excerpts of the proclamation included this:
WHEREAS, scientific research has been conducted on Pohnpei since the year
1998 to catologue and study the nutritional contents, value and types of bananas grown on the island, and
WHEREAS, such study has revealed the banana popularly called Karat in Pohnpei to be a valuable source of beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, and other essential nutrients that are important for good health, and,
WHEREAS, a commemorative stamp series of Karat was issued by the FSM Postal Series on October 16, 2005, to coincide with World Food Day,
BE IT RESOLVED that …..Karat be known as the state banana of Pohnpei.
Proclaimed this 19th day of October, 2005.
Johnny P. David, Governor, State of Pohnpei
Dr. Lois Englberger, PhD
Island Food Community of Pohnpei
P. O. Box 2299
Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941 FM
Federated States of Micronesia
Telephone: 691-320-8639 Fax: 691-320-4647
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