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).
PAPGREN coordination and support
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Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
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Mr Herman Francisco
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Mr Tony Jansen
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Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Posted 4:24 PM by Luigi
Taro workshop in Hawaii
The Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden is proud to announce, in partnership with Hui Kalo Moku o Keawe and Know Your Farmers Alliance, a horticultural event focused on the staple crop of the Polynesian people: taro. This day long event will feature top kalo growers and researchers from the Big Island as well as outer island guests. The morning will be filled with educational activities and seminars such as taro nutrition, pest and disease remedies, taste tests, and variety identification. After lunch our experts will prepare and plant a new mala 'ai (dryland kalo field) with all 80 known Hawaiian varieties and answer questions about plant, growing, and harvesting taro. Guest speakers include Edna Baldado, Susan Miyasaka, Jerry Kononui, Jeri Ooka, Shelly James, and Manuel Rego.
The event takes place on Saturday, August 26th from 8a.m. to 3p.m at the Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, located in Captain Cook, 12 miles south of Kona. Registration for the workshop is $20 per person.
To register for the event please call the garden at (808) 323-3318.
Early registration is suggested as limited space is available.
Participants are encouraged to bring sick taro plants so our experts can identify the problem and suggest remedies. Participants should bring a sack lunch.
If you are interested in taking part in preparing the field site for planting taro please consider attending our garden work day on Saturday, August 19th from 8:30a.m. until noon. We will be preparing the soil, applying the fertilizers, and installing the irrigation for the new field to be planted the following week. Participants should come to the garden prepared to work.
PO Box 454, Hana, HI 96713
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