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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Monday, May 11, 2009
Posted 2:48 PM by Tevita
Children taught need to grow own food
From : Fiji Times
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Green finger ... Suva Multiple Intelligence Centre student Zion Semaan harvests cabbage outside his school yesterday.
TEACHER Sofia Koroi and her students at Suva's Multiple Intelligence Centre excitedly harvested two plots of English cabbage yesterday.
They planted the crop five months ago and will sell the cabbages to their parents.
"This is part of the school program to teach our students the importance of growing our own food," Mrs Koroi said.
"We started two years ago, planting all year around and selling our harvests to the students' parents."
The school plants cucumber, beans, pawpaw, sugar cane, bele and other vegetables.
There are 50 students in the school, who each day spend about 30 minutes taking care of their gardens with the help of the teachers. Yesterday's harvest was from the gardens of Class Three and Four students.
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