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"O le mea e lelei i Apia, e lelei foi mo Savaii"

HRPP Samoa News
Jul 19

Organic Farmers clean up at Savaii Agricultural Show

Leota Leaupepe's taro

Women in Business Organic Farmers enjoyed great success at the Savaii Agricultural Show last week with a haul of 33 major prizes and a range of consolation prizes.

Thirteen of the 14 farmers won prizes at the fiercely contested Agricultural Show.

Women in Business Programme Manager Alberta Malielegaoi said the organisation would like to congratulate all the farmers for their hard work.

“The array of prizes reflects the quality of organic produce in Savaii. We are pleased that the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries recognises that quality. We would also like to thank all the judges and organisers for their time and energy put into this event.”

A special prize was given to Isaako Aipovi, an organic farmer from Satupaitea for his tractor decorated by crops and vegetables. Isaako took it on himself to decorate his truck and surprised everyone when he arrived. It caused quite a stir with the organisers recognising this with the inclusion of a special prize for in a new category.

Women in Business presented a stall showcasing our export products alongside a stall showcasing the high quality fresh produce of our organic farmers.

Also present were some Fine Mat weavers displaying their crafts and demonstrating their artwork of weaving finemats. Their work was well received by Samoans and foreigners alike.
Isaako Aipovi award winning truck decoration
All Women in Business Organic Farmers prize winners are listed below:

Best Coffee

First Prize – Petelo Ah Sue – Aopo

Second Prize – Poasa Tagaloa – Taga

Third Prize – Faiumu Faimafili – Taga

Best Vanilla

First Prize – Faiumu Faimafili – Taga

Second Prize – Poasa Tagaloa – Taga

Third Prize – Tanielu Masoe – Samalaeula

Best Tilapia Fishery

First Prize – Hans Schwalger – Patamea

Best Organic Farm

First Prize – Ioane Lofai – Sataua

Second Prize – Leota Leaupepe – Sili

Third Prize – Isaako Aipovi – Satupaitea

Best Mixed Plantation

Second Prize – Leota Leaupepe – Sili

Best Cocoa

First Prize – Tanielu Masoe – Samalaeula

Best Taro

First Prize – Leota Leaupepe – Sili

Best Taro – Samoa (5-1)

Third Prize – Leota Leaupepe – Sili

Best Fruit and Vegetable Basket

First Prize – Tagaloa Poasa – Taga

Second Prize – Faiumu Faimafili – Taga

Third Prize – Faiumu Faimafili – Taga

Best Fai palagi

Second Prize – Umamoa Laauoleola – Aopo

Best Taamu lelei

Second Prize – Tanielu Nuuletau – Paia

Best Taamu Toga

First Prize – Tanielu Nuuletau – Paia

Best Duck

Third Prize – Leota Leaupepe – Sili

Best Drake

Second Prize – Leota Leaupepe – Sili

Third Prize – Isaako Aipovi – Satupaitea

Best Sheep

First Prize – Wong Ki – Salelogoga

Best Sheep (Ewe)

Third Prize – Leota Leaupepe – Sili

Best Ram

First Prize – Wong Ki – Salelogoga

Best Bull

First Prize – Leota Leaupepe – Sili

Second Prize – Isaako Aipovi – Satupaitea

Best Cattle Farm – 50 and up

First Prize – Isaako Aipovi – Satupaitea

Best Pig Farm (Sow)- 11-20

Second Prize – Leota Leaupepe – Sili

Forth Prize – Isaako Aipovi – Satupaitea

Best Chicken Farm – 21-50

Third Prize – Leota Leaupepe – Sili

Consolation Prize Winners

Umamoa Laauoleola – Aopo

Talitalimalie Tuna – Aopo

Petelo Ah Sue – Aopo

Muliaga Vainiu – Aopo

Faiumu Faimafili – Taga

Tagaloa Poasa – Taga

Tanielu Nuuletau – Paia

Lafaele Sula – Sataua

Afaese Sua – Falealupo

Wong Ki – Salelologa

Tanielu Masoe – Samalaeulu

Hans Schwalger – Patamea

Leota Leaupepe – Sili

Isaako Aipovi – Satupaitea

Author: Tupuola Terry Tavita of Savali
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Jul 19

Water Day opens at Togitogiga

Ensuring food and water security

Ensuring food and water security was the strong message this morning the country commemorated World Water Day at Togitogiga Thursday morning.

Delivering the keynote address, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Maalielegaoi pointed out thirty years ago no –ne ever thought Samoa would ever have any acute water problems.

“No one in their wildest dreams ever thought we would be buying water bottles from the shop. Today, bottled water is major local industry.

“Because water was so abundant then and people took it for granted. Thanks to deforestation and the impact of a changing climate, rivers and streams that used to flow throughout the year now barely registers running water for a few months. Flash floods are now very common because the hillsides and river banks are being shunned of trees to make way for plantations.

“This is a very selfish practice. People clearing the riverbanks for their own personal gain without a thought for those downstream and the impact it will have on our water resources.

“Water and food security are one of the same. We need water to irrigate our plantations, to sustain our cattle and poultry farms, our piggeries and fruit trees.”

The Prime Minister also issued a stern warning to farmers who are irresponsibly using paraquat and other poisonous chemicals in their plantations.

“These chemicals get into the ground, find their way into the streams and our washed down to the sea. They not only poison the water intake but also kill the reefs and severely affect our fish and marine catches. If these irresponsible acts continue, government will ban the import of these chemicals at some point.”

Yesterday’s programme concluded with the planting of native trees and fruit trees at Togitoga farm where the ceremony was held.”

Author: Tupuola Terry Tavita of Savali
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Jul 19

Calls for Samoa govt to invest in large scale rice production

Plant rice in Samoa

A Chinese agricultural expert says Samoa could be the next rice producer in the Pacific if the government invests in large scale production of the crop.

Mr Hwang, is leading a Chinese team of experts at the Nu’u agricultural station where rice is being trialed.

Samoa imports tonnes of rice each year and it is becoming a staple diet, particularly amongst young people who prefer it to local staples such as taro, banana and breadfruit.

Mr Hwang says Samoa’s soil is good for all crops and people are needed to monitor rice patches to daily and water them.

He says Samoa’s hot and humid climate requires extra work to grow rice.

He says the first rice seeds were grown four months ago at Nu’u and it is growing at a fast pace.

Rice

Author: Tupuola Terry Tavita of Savali
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Jul 19

Lamana Hotel gets Taumeasina Island

An artist’s impression of the Lemana Group’s proposed hotel-resort project at Taumeasina Island

The Lamana Group in Papua New Guinea has been given the green light to build a multimillion dollar hotel on Taumeasina Island.

The lease was signed in the weekend between Prime Minister, Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and the group.

The group will invest around 50 million US dollars for the construction of a seventy hotel room on the island and 30 villas including restaurants as well as conference facilities, cafes and entertainment areas.

Leading the group’s delegation for the confirmation of the project and signing of memorandum of understanding is PNG’s Reserve Bank governor, Loi Bakani.

The project was launched Saturday afternoon at a function at Sails Restaurant, Mulinuu.  Construction of the hotel is slated to begin early next year.

Lamana Group gets Taumeasina Island

The Lamana Group of Papua New Guinea has been given the green light on their proposed multi-million tala hotel project at Taumeasina Island.

According to Environment and Natural Resources minister Faamoetauloa Taito Faale Tumalii, the previous lease title to New Zealander Gordon Taylor has been terminated.

“We gave Taylor – through his lawyer Trevor Stevenson – up to last August to start work on their hotel project or government will effectively terminate their lease. August has come and gone and they haven’t done anything. In fact they haven’t built anything there for the many years they’ve leased that land.

“We have written to the Lamana Group informing them of government’s decision. We are now in the process of formalizing an agreement with the Lamana Group.”

Faamoetauloa said there were other parties who wrote to government expressing interest in the island, but the Lamana Group was selected because of their development concept and strong financial backing.

The planned Lamana project encompasses an over 100-room hotel complex plus a 100 more luxury bedroom villa suites and standard luxury hotel rooms, water sport and activities areas, conference and entertainment facilities as well as restaurants and cafes.

The investment is tagged at around Aus$60 million (WST$141.1 million) MNRE and the Ministry of Public Works have been conducting field studies at the island this week.

LAMANA GROUP

Based in Papua New Guinea, the Lamana Group has had over 50 years of experience in the Western Pacific. It describes itself as a diversified company involved in property development, civil construction and hotel management.

It also works closely with the cashed-up Papua New Guinea Landowners Trust Groups and Superannuation Funds.

Author: HRPP
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