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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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Saturday, September 16, 2006
Posted 7:32 PM by Luigi
Banana market study in Pohnpei
From Dr Lois Englberger
We are happy to share with you below a copy of our article just released in the Kaselehlie Press (local newspaper)! This was an exciting project as it provides the first recent data on locally marketed foods…see the words of our IFCP Chairman and Chief of Agriculture, Adelino Lorens.
For those of you on the island, you may be interested in the actual article as there is an accompanying photo. In addition, we have a fuller report of the project, including tables and photos of the markets.
Here again we would like to thank all those assisting, in particular, the participating markets and Angela Parvanta, University of Hawaii intern for IFCP, who led the data collection, analysis, and write-up! Thanks also to Kaselehlie Press for your continued support!
Pohnpei Banana Market Study Presents Baseline Data
By Lois Englberger
An impressive total of 48,251 pounds of banana was purchased by 14 local markets from farmers during an 8-week period June to August 2006, as documented in the Pohnpei Banana Market Study. This project was coordinated by the Island Food Community of Pohnpei (IFCP) and the Pohnpei Office of Economic Affairs, with initial assistance by the College of Micronesia-FSM Land Grant Program.
Most of the bananas marketed were Utin Menihle and Utin Ruk. Only 12% (5888 pounds) of the total consisted of the beta-carotene rich yellow-fleshed varieties. Still, the study showed that a diversity of banana varieties was marketed, including 17 in all.
The purpose of the study was to provide baseline data on both the volumes and varieties of banana marketed. This will be useful for the campaign in promoting local food and the rare yellow-fleshed banana varieties, which are particularly rich in nutrient content.
Angela Parvanta, University of Hawaii student doing an internship with IFCP, led the data collection and analysis, along with Lymer Yamada, assisting as part of the WIA student program. Angela said, “The market people were friendly and helpful. I went every day to the markets, Monday through Friday, and the market staff provided the information as recorded in their receipt books.”
Adelino Lorens, Chief of Agriculture, pointed out, “As most local markets are open 6 days per week, this 8-week study shows that about 1000 pounds of bananas are being supplied daily to the local markets, and this does not include all markets. Also this is during the slower summer months. The study is also important as it provides the first recent data on Pohnpei food crops marketed locally.”
The market study documented the volume of banana purchased by variety and market, and also showed how many markets were marketing each specific variety.
Karat, the State Banana of Pohnpei, was marketed by eight markets (over half), which is quite an achievement as no market was selling Karat in 1998 when the campaign started.
Data were also collected on the volume of marketed giant swamp taro (Cyrtosperma), which is another highly nutritious local food. In total for a five-week period, 1037 pounds of this food crop were marketed by five markets.
As a token of appreciation, Let’s Go Local t-shirts were provided to market staff members participating in the study, as well as color photographs, showing their respective markets. Thanks are again extended to the 14 participating markets, University of Hawaii, WIA Program, Sight and Life and the New Zealand Embassy supporting this study.
Caption to the accompanying photo in newspaper article: Merlain Alik shows her impressive display of local food crops, available for sale at her IGCM Market in Kolonia.
Lois Englberger, PhD
Island Food Community of Pohnpei
P. O. Box 2299
Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941 FM
Tel: 691-320-8639 Fax: 691-320-4647
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