PHOTO: Avele College students with their natural pure coconut oil on display during the two day Agriculture Show that closed at the Malaefatu Park today.
By Lagi Keresoma
APIA, SAMOA – FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER 2018: Young people’s ideas were showcased in this years’ two-day Agriculture Show that ended today at the Malaefatu Park. The opportunity allowed high school and college students and young Samoans to showcase their ideas on agricultural development and sustainability.
This year’s Agriculture Show coincided with the Coconut Initiative Development for the Pacific – Pests & Diseases Management Workshop, and representatives to the workshop took time off to see what was in display.
Roiti Kienene of Kiribati and Sharon Worupa of Papua New Guinea were particularly impressed to see many students participating in the program.
“Samoa starting this trend of involving high school and colleges is a good way of getting the younger people interested in agriculture which tends to be something younger people wants to learn , and having them involved is the key to the sustainability of agriculture,” said Worupa.
She said this is sensible given that in any Pacific island, Agriculture and Fisheries are the backbone of their economies.
“I am from a younger generation and I will not only be taking back home what I learnt from the workshop, but also from the agriculture show,” said Worupa.
Students of Avele and Faleata Colleges were two of the schools that participated in the program, and both presented what they grow in their school compounds.
Avele college students presented the natural coconut oil that the students have been working on in the past 4 months.
Students from Peace Chapel School also visited the show led by veteran and teacher Mrs. Rassusmen. “This is a very good chance for students to learn about agriculture and that surrounds them,” she said.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi officiated the opening of the two days show on the theme
The two day show focused on the theme “Enhancement of Partnership to Sustainably Develop Agriculture and Fisheries” – Setting a goal of commitment from different stakeholders to achieve economic growth and social development. The Show also coincided with the World Food Day.
“There is a lot to do to ensure efficient and effective purposes, including market research and facility to promote broad technologies, and other assets to include breeding stocks and planting materials,” said the Prime Minister in his opening address.
“Today also reminds ourselves of the oceans and their resources that continue to sustain our livelihood and exports,” said Tuilaepa.
He said the development and management of the Fishery resources is the key to the development of Samoa and to food security.
He commended all stakeholders and partners such as the Samoa Farmers Association, Forestry Organic, Agro-Tourism, the Youth and individuals participating in the show.