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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Monday, January 30, 2006
Posted 7:23 PM by Luigi
A breadfruit celebration in Pohnpei?
The exchange reproduced below may be interesting to those involved in the promotion and conservation of local crop varieties, particularly breadfruit but also others……
Greetings Ms. Ragone. I am contacting you from Pohnpei. One of the information releases that we received from Luigi Guarino of SPC recently has once again kicked off interest in the local promotion of Breadfruit. The particular article mentioned the collection of breadfruit recipies and a Breadfruit celebration held in Hawaii. I tossed out the ideaof doing something similar here in Pohnpei. We have a very active NGO called the Island Food Community of Pohnpei, headed by Dr. Lois Engleberger and supported by the local Division of Agriculture, the Extensioon service and many other local groups. This group is starting to consider having some sort of breadfruit street festival to promote the use of more breadfruit in our diets. This would likely happen during the next major breadfruit season in July-September 2006. We read that there were over one hundred recipies developed and displayed at the Hawaii event. Would it be possible to get copies of those recipes? If this is possible, please let me know. I will be in Hawaii in mid-January and might be able to arrange to meet with you at tha ttime. I have received a number of requests for varieties of breadfruit that produces year-round. The latest was from Chuuk which I thought was the Breadfruit capital of the Pacific. I know that some of the varieties were held at a 'Breadfruit Garden' in Kosrae up until a few months ago. Unfortunately they were cut down and although some are regrowing, I doubt that any identification information is available. Mary Taylor of SPC and I discussed the possibility of importing tissue culture of the varieties you identified as year-round producing in Hawaii. I believe the feeling is to have them processed through the SPC lab in Fiji before we import them to Pohnpei. This may be for virus indexing and quarantine restrictions. Would it be possible to arrange such a
transfer with you? Regards, Jim Currie
My apologies for taking so long to reply to your email. I had hoped to be in Pohnpei this past week to participate in the Pohnpei Agriculture Station conservation workshop, but was not able to attend. Are you still planning a trip to Hawaii in January, or did I miss you? I'll be working at Kahanu Garden in Hana, Maui, where the breadfruit collection is located, January 31-February 2, and it would be great if you could visit there.
It would be wonderful to have a breadfruit festival in Pohnpei during rahk and I will be happy to help you, Lois, Adelino, and others with this in any way, including sharing some of the recipes. We hold the breadfruit cookoff in Hana each fall as part of the Aloha Week Festivities, this event brings the community out for a parade, music, food booths, etc. Hana is a small community of about 1200, and I think you could have a nice festival in Kolonia?
I can send you our signup sheets, informational materials, etc., to give you an idea of how we organized our cookoff and did the judging. We asked local businesses to contribute prizes, either cash and/or services or products. For example, the local resort hotel donated a room for 2 nights. Because Hana is a poor community, we found that awarding prizes encouraged people to enter the contest. That and the recognition for having a winning recipe!
There were four categories:
We gave 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes in each category, as well as a grand prize (the best of the best), and a prize for best presentation. The latter prize was to encourage people to present the dish in a beautiful way. I can email you some pictures to give you an idea of how creative people were.
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