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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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Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Posted 6:26 PM by Luigi
Grandson follows giant yam steps
Thursday, 25 May 2006, Fiji Times.
Mua Mesulame, 27, shows the giant Komaiele and Jamani yams that he pulled from his farm in Dilkusha yesterday
HIS grandfather was known for harvesting giant yams in their village of Noatau in Rotuma in his young days.
Mua Mesulame of Nausori, a former mine driller, is glad to be continuing the tradition.
He harvested about 20 giant yams from his backyard last week.
The heaviest he weighed in on Tuesday was 100 kilograms.
Mr Mesulame said he did not use any secret technique in planting the crop but had heeded the advice passed down from his grandfather and father in planting them.
I have been planting the crop in my backyard for the past three years and I harvest giant fruit all the time, a delighted Mr Mesulame said.
I dont use any special technique or fertilisers in planting them. I guess its just a gift passed down from my forefathers.
His family had distributed the crop to unfortunate families living in the area and to some church ministers. He said they always looked forward to harvesting the crop during the Methodist Churchs Thanksgiving Sunday of fruits and crops when they take the crops to church.
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