Fri. Oct 18th, 2019

Palau Community College-Cooperative Research Extension conducts breadfruit workshop

Source: PCC Facebook page

The Palau Community College – Cooperative Research Extension hosted a one-day workshop on meduu planting, care, and maintenance on June 19, 2019 at the PCC-CRE office in collaboration with the Bureau of Agriculture, Palau Forestry, and the USDA Forest Service-Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.

Meduu, also known as breadfruit or Artocarpus altilis, is an important traditional component of home gardens across the Pacific, can play a significant role towards increasing local and sustainable food production, and improve Palau’s overall food security.

The workshop provided participants with a background in the benefits of meduu, current efforts to promote meduu in the region, information about traditional Palauan varieties and newly imported varieties, ways to propagate trees, best planting methods, pests and diseases to be aware of, and a demonstration of pruning methods for meduu.

Participants also learned about a farmer cooperative model and the processing used in Hawai’i to provide breadfruit for local restaurants, hotels, and school lunches.

Palau Community College, Bureau of Agriculture, Palau Forestry, and the USDA Forest Service have worked together to import, grow, and plant 650 breadfruit trees of a Samoan variety known as Ma’afala across Palau and a campaign was created called “Molalm a Meduu” to promote breadfruit planting and use.

The Palau Community College- Cooperative Research Extension hosted a one-day workshop on breadfruit planting, care, and maintenance on June 19, 2019. PCC photo

Ma’afala is the most popular of all the breadfruit varieties in the Pacific and is known for its short tree height, high fruit production, superior nutritional value of fruits, and excellent flavor.

The trees planted across Palau in 2019 will begin to produce fruits in 2-4 years’ time.

To date, Ma’afala trees have been distributed and planted in communities of Kayangel, Ngarchelong, Ngaraard, Ngiwal, Melekeok, Ngchesar, Peleliu, Sonsorol, and Hatohobei.

Plantings in the remaining states are planned for later this year.

For more information about planting meduu, contact Thomas Taro of PCC-CRE at 680-488-2746 or Fred Sengebau of the Bureau of Agriculture at 680-775-0200. (Marianas Variety/PR)