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Samoan program breeding blight-free taro

Samoan program breeding blight-free taro

Updated 13 February 2014, 10:03 AEDT

One of the staples in the Pacific is taro, but in some countries, notably Samoa, it's one that in the recent past has proved highly susceptible to pests.

Back in the early 1990s, Samoa's taro crop was devastated by leaf blight.

But since that time, a series of taro projects under the auspices of SPC, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, has set out to restore Samoa's food security and provide a security net for other Pacific Island countries, including Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga which, for now at least, are blight free.

Tolo Iosefa is in charge of a taro breeding programme, which has culminated in the SPC playing host to the largest taro collection in the world.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Tolo Iosefa from SPC's taro breeding program

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