Samoa Launches New Five Year Agriculture Sector Plan

Plan to improve quality of life, meet sustainable development goals

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, July 5, 2016) – The newly launched Agriculture Sector Plan 2016-2020, aims at improving the quality of life in Samoa and advancing Samoa’s attainment of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) .

In launching the plan, the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Laaulialemalietoa  Leuatea Polataivao said agriculture is the backbone of every Samoan family.

“The Agriculture Sector Plan sets out the strategic direction and priority areas to focus on resources for agriculture development and provides the framework to guide coherent actions from all key stakeholders to improve food, nutrition and income security for Samoa,” said Laauliealemalietoa.

The Minister said while the primary objective for most Samoan households with small scale farms is to produce staple crops and livestock for subsistence and  to increase their engagement with the market, there is a need to invest in tools, equipment as well as appropriate scale irrigation equipment and technical advise.

The plan also aims at strengthening government partnerships,  particularly with the private sector, Non Government Organisations (NGO’s) and development partners  to “leverage  agriculture’s potential to promote and enhance health , prosperity, job creation and resilience.”

“It is likely that agriculture and fisheries development will create more widespread benefits through additional jobs on farms, in processing industries, retail and the wider economy,” said Laaulialemalietoa.

In preparing this plan, the ministry used a broader approach and involved all stakeholders both in Savaii and Upolu in the consultation.

“The sector plan includes an implementation plan and performance monitoring framework,” said Laaulialemalietoa.

The Minister said the 2011-2016 sector plan highlights the critical importance of agriculture to the Samoan economy and the central role the sector plan plays in achieving its goal.

“I believe we now have a plan  that is both  comprehensive  and workable, and I look forward  to strengthen  our partnership  with all stakeholders to ensure  the implementation of this plan is successfully delivered,” said the Minister.

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