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).
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Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
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Mr Herman Francisco
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Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
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Thursday, September 28, 2006
Posted 2:04 PM by Luigi
Promoting taro in NZ
Press Release: Pacific Islands Trade and Investment Commission, 27 September 2006
Taro is the pacific ingredient featuring in the newly created "Island Influences" class sponsored by the Pacific Islands Trade & Investment Commission at this years NZ Culinary Fare.
Held from the 8th - 10th October at the ASB Showgrounds it is an unmissable event on the hospitality calendar with all the country's outstanding chefs vying for NZ's national titles and all sectors of the service industry are involved - over 1,000 of the country's top performing chefs, sommeliers, waiters, baristas and hospitality students competing in front of live crowds and 140 top industry experts.
Taro - A traditional root crop that has been cultivated for over 2000 years, underpins the traditional Polynesian culture of shared labour and extended families.
Whilst the taro plantations provide plenty of hard work, the traditional umu is the pacific stage for taro and is a tradition that even children delight in being involved in! (pictured - Samoan children carrying taro to the umu) We extend a warm pacific invitation to family and friends to experience TARO as showcased by NZ's top chefs at the NZ Culinary Fare - Island Influences Class on Tuesday 10th October at 12.30pm, ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane.
The NZ Culinary Fare is a free event open to the public.
Come and enjoy an island influences experience!
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