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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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Friday, November 04, 2005
Posted 1:00 AM by Luigi
Making Money From Food
by Amy Levendusky, Kaselehlie Press Health Corner, Pohnpei
Three exciting days of workshops for individuals wanting to start theirown business and business owners looking to expand their food product line were invited to attend a series of food processing workshops held in Kolonia on the 10th, 11th, and 13th of October. These workshops were sponsored by the Island Food Community of Pohnpei (IFCP), which brought in a consultant, Dr. Richard Beyer, food scientist based in Fiji, to share his wealth of knowledge and experience on the subject of food processing. Dr. Beyer visited Pohnpei from October 3rd through October 16th.
While in Pohnpei, Dr. Beyer visited government officials to discuss howthe government could support local entrepreneurs in the food processingindustry. Dr. Beyer also met with local entrepreneurs on an individualbasis to assist them in developing and marketing new products usinglocal foods. "Everything that can be bought in your supermarkets, we can make using your own local foods and we can do all this at a low cost", Dr. Beyer explained in his workshops.
Dr. Beyer emphasized that we should not have to rely on imported goodswhen all the food we need is right here in front of us. The topics of food handling, food safety, product development, recipe formulations,marketing, and making a profit were all covered in the workshops.
Delicious, new products using local foods were made during the course of these workshops including breadfruit tuna patties, breadfruit cheese patties, lime (karertik) marmalade, banana syrup, pickled cucumbers, and fried snacks in an assortment of fun shapes made out of giant swamp taro (mwahng) and breadfruit. The workshops were held at Condon Hall and at the Mercedes Hall with an average of 25 people in attendance each day.
At the end of the workshop, participants decided which products theywere going to work on developing over the next few months. They alsorequested to meet once a month with IFCP while they are developing their food products in case there is a need for further assistance. Dr. Beyer plans to return to Pohnpei if there is significant progress made by individuals or local businesses in the processing and selling at a profit of local food products.
Sincere thanks are extended to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations for providing the consultancy by the food scientist Dr. Richard Beyer and financial support for this workshop.
IFCP would also like to thank Dr. Beyer for visiting Pohnpei and working with members of the community to promote local food processing and all the people who participated and worked with Dr. Beyer during his stay on 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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