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Palau chiefs accept sweet potatoes from aimeliik state

By Heide E. Vinoya MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Marianas Variety, Nov. 3, 2010) – In Palau, the Republic of China (ROC) donated 330 pounds of sweet potato to the Council of Chiefs Office on Thursday.

ROC Second Secretary Jerry C. H. Chang on behalf of Ambassador Maggie Tien handed over the sacks of sweet potato to Paramount High Chief Ibbedul Yutaka M. Gibbons and Executive Director Council of Chiefs Dilmei Olkerril.

The sweet potatoes were products of the Taiwan Technical Mission Farm, a 10-hectare tourism garden in Aimeliik State.

The Taiwan Technical Mission Farm produces 22 kinds of tropical fruits, vegetables and crops. They also started preserving the produce products into wines, pickles and jams.

Ibbedul said the Council of Chiefs will also distribute the sweet potatoes to the hospital, jail and those who need them. Only part of the donation will be left at the office.

Aside from sweet potatoes, the ROC is also giving taros to various schools, government offices and other non-governmental organizations.

Chang said the rounds of donations being conducted by the ROC is part of the diplomatic ties and relations between Taiwan and Palau.

He also said that they want to encourage people of Palau specially students and youths to go back to local food.

Last week, the ROC donated 770 pounds of Ngesuas taro to the Ministry of Education and to the Old Age Center of the Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs.

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