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
Collecting the Niu Afa variety in gardens and farmer's fields
in the village
with our Olomanu climbers.
We found a very nice Niu Afa palm along the beach, with a nice view on the small Island of Nuusafee.
Then we asked the family permission to climb the palm and harvest the fruits.
Immediatly, without even asking us, the young boy climbed his coconut palm.
He harvested the fruits for us.
Thanks again, nice young boy....
The case of the palm A6 is interesting (see plate 5). The very big fruits is brown in colour and the nut inside is too small, clearly indicating this is not a Niu Afa coconut palm. It could be a kind of mix or hybrid; it could also be another coconut variety that is considered as extinct: Niu Tauaga or Tauanga. This variety was recorded in the PRAS survey made by E. Siaosi in Vaovai village (Upolu Island). Also cited by Parham, 1972 and Christophersen 1935 as a form used for fibres but different from the Niu Afa: fruits oblong with almost parallel sides.
I was then decided to focus to the Olomanu Seed garden for the future harvest of Niu Afa seednuts.