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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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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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Sunday, September 10, 2006
Posted 3:21 PM by Luigi
PGR on the Radio
From Dr Lois Englberger.
We are happy to share with you that V6AH Radio, the government-supported radio station here in Pohnpei, has just offered to broadcast daily news announcements provided by the Island Food Community of Pohnpei.
Joseph Alannzo, Manager of V6AH, was very interested when three members of the Let’s Go Local Club made up of Upward Bound students recently showed and explained to him the new IFCP Pohnpei Carotenoid-rich Foods poster. He said, “This is important information and we want to share this with our radio listeners.”
He asked for short announcements (1-2 sentences) and pointed out that his V6AH radio news team could prepare the translation. The English and Pohnpeian messages would be then broadcast at 12 noon, 3 pm and 7 pm. Four announcements have been shared so far. Here below we share with you the last two messages:
“Radio News Release Aug 30, 2006: Recent scientific studies analyzing Karat and other yellow-fleshed bananas of Pohnpei, show that these bananas are rich in provitamin A carotenoids, which turn into vitamin A in our body and help protect us against diabetes, heart disease, cancer, vitamin A deficiency and anemia (or weak blood). Karat, which has been proclaimed by Governor Johnny P. David as the State Banana of Pohnpei, also contains rich levels of vitamin B2, or riboflavin, which is needed every day for our body to function well. These analyses were carried out in laboratories in Fiji, Switzerland, Australia, and Hawaii, all showing that Karat and the other yellow-fleshed bananas provide important health benefits for both children and adults.”
“Radio News Release Sept 1, 2006: Karat, the State Banana of Pohnpei, has recently been featured in a 2-page article in the summer 2006 issue of the colorful FRIENDS magazine, published by the Eden Project. The article presents photos of the new FSM stamp series of Karat, which includes a stamp of Mihne Pretrick feeding Karat to her daughter Tammy, as well as stamps of the Karat bunch and plant and a stamp showing the unique yellow-orange coloration of Karat flesh. Another exciting thing about the article is that it is placed at the front of the issue, right after photos of Queen Elizabeth of England, who was also featured in the magazine, which shows the great interest and value placed on Karat and its unique appearance, good taste, and high nutrient content.”
So many thanks and kalahngan to V6AH Radio, including also Claudia David and Ken Eperiam, the hard-working news team! We look forward to working with you for spreading the message about nutrient-rich island foods!
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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