By R. Bourdeix, V. Saena Tuia and Alofa Leuluaialii

This website returns the information collected during two scientific visits conducted in 2001 and 2010, on behalf the Ministry of Agriculture of Samoa, the International Coconut Genetic Resources Network, the Secretatiat of the South Pacific Community, the Global Crop Diversity Trust, Bioversity International and the French Centre for Agricultural Research and Development. The objective of the second visit was to secure the conservation of the famous Niu Afa cultivar, the longest coconut in the world.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Public lectures and communication

March 3th, 2010 we had an interview at the Samoan Channel TV1 in order to annonce the Public lecture held at the USP campus during the following day... About 40 people were listening the lecture, but the main missing people were farmers... Hopefully we had the opportunuty to make another lecture in Manono Island and a short intervention during a meeting of the Samoan Farmer's association. Roland had the idea of taking sprouted Niu Afa seednuts in Olomanu Seed Garden and to give it to those who wanted it. More than 150 germinated seedlings where realeased to farmers and this triples the number of Niu Afa palms growing in farmer's fields and gardens of the Upolu Island.

Lecture at the University of South Pacific

Lecture in Manono Island,
with translation in Samoan Language

Farmers are taking Niu Afa seedlings
at the end of the meeting of their association