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Thursday, August 03, 2006
Posted 4:10 PM by Luigi
Radio programme on pandanus in Kiribati
From Betarim Rimon in Kiribati.
Last night on the Agriculture Programme on Radio Kiribati, a message on nutrition was shared with the whole of Kiribati. The results of Dr Englberger's studies were also presented. The programme is part of the Ministry’s efforts to promote production of local food crops and to encourage locals to prefer traditional foods or foods that are locally and organically grown.
Pandanus was the focus last night, and do note that this is not the first promotion work of this kind on pandanus. It was explained in the programme that local foods are fresher and more nutritious than imported food. Then the programme went on to explain the outstanding work of Dr Lois Englberger on the Kiribati pandanus, ‘te tou’.
In describing the information provided by Dr Lois on our Pandanus Poster, which had been widely circulated throughout the country, plus her other reports on pandanus, it was stressed that pandanus fruit, the brightly red and yellow coloured cultivars are so rich in Vitamin A. This is the very vitamin being confirmed by our health Ministry as most lacking in the country and hence highly linked to diseases, especially in children, such as night blindness, diabetes, high-blood pressure and certain cancers.
The programme went on to encourage locals to plant more pandanus, especially the type so rich in Vitamin A. It also reminded parents to pay extra attention to the foods of their babies and children and to have a special place for local foods, especially pandanus fruit, in the meals of their children.
In the programme, acknowledgements to Dr Lois were expressed. It was her work on the Kiribati pandanus that have greatly helped the I-Kiribati to rediscover their near-neglected food crop. This is fair and just to publicly acknowledge the outstanding work of Dr Lois and Kiribati will remain rely on her in the future in this area.
Mr Betarim Rimon
Senior Project Officer and FAO NC for Kiribati
Project and Planning Office
Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development
PO Box 234 Bikenibeu Tarawa
Republic of Kiribati
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