Samoa Agriculture

Samoa aims to turn agriculture and fisheries sector to commercial entity

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi made the following announcement after the government secured USD$23.55 million in grants over a period of 5 years to support the development to the sector.

“Our Government’s initiative to seek funding through partnership with the World Bank and IFAD has seen the realization of Samoa Agriculture and Fisheries Productivity and Marketing Project (SAFPROM).”

Former Samoan meteorologist focuses on his passion for farming

Tuiafiso went from government executive to being this year’s taro farmer of the year, finishing first for best taro and best ta’amu at the annual Samoa Agriculture Show.

Even though he had a long career in the public service as a meteorologist, the dedicated farmer kept the weekends free for his real passion, which is farming.

“Sitting in the office all day long is boring”, he said.

Samoa quashes poaching claims

Lopao'o Natanielu Mua was responding to reports of dwindling catches by local commercial fishers who blamed illegal competition from foreign vessels.

Lopao'o said Samoa's fisheries management body analysed the claims.

He said environmental conditions and seasonal variations impacting the movement of tuna stocks were likely responsible for the diminished catch.

El Nino climate conditions and escalating climate change are also thought to be factors.

Samoa focuses on chicken breeding to substitute imports

The new ST$190,000 facility aims to contribute significantly to the development of a sustainable poultry industry in Samoa to substitute imports.

While launching the programme yesterday, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Lopao’o Natanielu Mu’a said the breeding facility is targeted at improving poultry farming standards.

“The boost production and distribution will benefit the local farmer and to improve livestock industry and food security efficiencies,” he said.