Agriculture sponsors taro breeding workshop
Farmers attended a recent three-day seminar on taro breeding conducted at the Department of Agriculture by Tolo Iosefa from the office of the Fiji-based Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
Agriculture Department director Lealao Melila Purcell says Iosefa hails from the Independent state of Samoa and is well versed in taro breeding, as he has done extensive work in Fiji, Samoa, Cook Islands, and other countries in the Pacific region.
Iosefa’s “work in the TIP or Taro Improvement Project in Samoa has brought together farmers throughout Upolu and Savai’i to collaborate their efforts in improving a better tasting taro that is resistant to disease, says Lealao.
“Mr. Iosefa did mention that we have most of the taro varieties in our collection, but was very surprised when he noticed the three different varieties of Hawaiian Taro in our collection. Our Taro Breeding program has just begun and should yield positive results,” he added.