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Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Posted 2:55 PM by Luigi
Fiji hosts symposium on breadfruit
From the Fiji Times, April 17, 2007
THE economic benefits of breadfruit are still under utilised in most areas in the region, an international symposium in Nadi has heard.
The director of the South Pacific Commission's Land Resource Division, Aleki Sisifa, said breadfruit was under utilised for food security and income generation.
He said this was due to the low priority from governments and research institutes.
Mr Sisifa was addressing the first international breadfruit symposium to be held in the Pacific.
The symposium, which started yesterday, has attracted participants from as far as Sri Lanka, Trinidad, Jamaica, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, Benin and Seychelles.
It also has participants from the Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Fiji.
Mr Sisifa said breadfruit was also under utilised because there was a limited knowledge of its genetic diversity available and how best to use that diversity.
Mr Sisifa said the symposium was fitting, as breadfruit originated from the Pacific.
He said breadfruit was most extensively used in the Pacific.
The symposium aimed to increase awareness about the importance of breadfruit in food systems in the African, Caribbean and Pacific. It also aimed to open up opportunities for a more diverse use of breadfruit through sharing information and establishing research and development priorities.
Mr Sisifa said in the past three decades, there had been an awakening to the potentials of increasing the food supply across the Pacific by more planting of selected varieties of seedless breadfruit.
He said breadfruit was the main staple crop in many Pacific countries, particularly on the atolls.
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