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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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Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Posted 1:39 AM by Luigi
Special treatment for yams
Fiji Times, Tuesday, July 04, 2006
YAMS are regarded as prized food in Fijian society.
Unlike other root crops, it is harvested once a year.
Right now most farmers who planted their yams last year are looking forward to their harvest.
This is the right time to harvest yams.
The food is so sacred that its preparation required a lot of sacrifice and hard work. In some places, the preparation of that place would be done in groups and there would be ceremonies or food prepared for the group.
At the Saint Patrick's Mission in Vuaki in Nacula, yams are given such special treatment. That was the reason why yams dug from there were no ordinary yams. Its extra ordinary size showed the importance of the crop in that mission where Father Iosefo Rokomatu is the chief priest.
The smallest of the giant yams dug up last week weighed 120 kilogram.
It was brought to Lautoka by one of the catechists who attended a religious workshop there.
Jimi Nikola from Vitogo said he only got the smallest of the lot because that was the only one he was able to carry to the vessel that would get him to Lautoka.
Mr Nikola said the yams in Vuaki were no joke.
"The yams are very big, giant sizes," he said.
He said that the yams were given to them as token of appreciation for attending the workshop.
"For the one week we were there, there was no other root crop available but yam," he said
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