A young farmer’s dream to work for M.A.F.

By Vatapuia Maiava and Sarafina Sanerivi ,

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I WANT TO BE ABLE TO HELP MY FAMILY AND OTHER FARMERS: Iesi Simeti, 15, from the village of Malie

I WANT TO BE ABLE TO HELP MY FAMILY AND OTHER FARMERS: Iesi Simeti, 15, from the village of Malie

Growing up, everyone has their own dreams and ambitions.

For Iesi Simeti, from the village of Malie, growing up working in the family plantation has given him a love for the farmer’s life and now he wants nothing else but to work for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (M.A.F.).

Aged 15, the year 10 student of Levaula College wants to hone his farming skills through M.A.F. so that he can one day help his family and other farmers.

But until then, Iesi just wants to focus in school and help his family out when he has free time.

“My school just finished exams not long ago and that’s why I am here helping out the family,” he told the Village Voice.

“When I get free time, I help out where I’m needed. We will be having our prize giving soon so I have now till school starts up again to do as many chores as possible.

“I think everyone my age should focus on helping out around the house rather than just wasting time around.”

Iesi actually doesn’t mind settling with any job, but if he had a choice, he says that M.A.F. is where he would go.

His passion is farming and he feels that M.A.F. will help him achieve all he wants with agriculture.

“Ever since I can remember, my family has relied a lot on agriculture to make a living,” he said.

“As I grew up I always came with my father to the plantation and I try to learn as much as I can from him. All the skills I know was picked up from him.

“So since my life has a lot to do with agriculture, I really want to work for M.A.F. to sharpen my skills a little more.”

Iesi says that if given the chance, he will make the most of his work with M.A.F. to help out his family and all the other farmers of Samoa.

“If I get the chance to work for that M.A.F, the skills I will get will go towards helping out my family,” he said.

“I will even have access to a few resources which could help my family a little. Another reason I want to work for M.A.F. is  to help other farmers with their work too.

“But until then, I will just focus on working hard in the plantation and study as hard as possible. We grow taro and bananas at our plantation; we don’t sell any of it; it’s all used for our family’s meals.

“I have been taught that if you don’t sweat, you won’t eat. I hold that lesson dear to me.”

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