Farming lifestyle success

By Aruna Lolani and Fetalai Tuilulu’u ,

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FARMING LIFE: Ionatana Molia of Se’ese’e, Lepea and Fagalii.

FARMING LIFE: Ionatana Molia of Se’ese’e, Lepea and Fagalii.

Farming and agriculture is essential to the development of Samoa.

It is important because it provides food and jobs for our people considering the current state of our economy.

Forty-seven year old Ionatana Molia of Se’ese’e and Fagalii is a farmer who knows how valuable his plantation is.  

Mr. Molia proudly told Village Voice that he is a farmer; basically for taro, koko (Samoan cocoa) and coffee. 

“This is my own ten acres of land; it’s filled with the work of my own hands,” Mr. Molia said. 

“Everything on here pays for what my family needs especially my youngest son’s education.”

Mr. Molia has 12 children and all have families of their own now except for his youngest son.

 “All our crops here; is what we survive on; taro, koko and coffee.”

“A lot of people have always wondered how I make coffee.”

“Well to me it’s best to practice it on your own rather than explaining it.”

“You just pick the coffee beans off the coffee tree, put the beans in a bucket and fill it with water, drain the beans, husk the shells, roast them and then deliver it to different shops.” 

“It may sound easy but it’s a lot harder when you actually do it.” 

“I even have a huge plantation of koko Samoa.”

“These are the things that I sell to earn a living; they are all good products but to me, coffee is the only thing that I consider a slow-mover or slow moving product because a lot of people don’t know about it not because of the price; I mean it’s only $10 for a package.” 

“But I still love it because the idea of planting and developing coffee was something I’ve learned from other farmers.” 

“That’s why I resigned from work three months ago because I know there are more ways to earn a living from our plantations.” 

“Also with this lifestyle, it helps improve the local land and reduces the family’s dependency on food from stores and provides them with local food instead.”

If you want to order koko and local coffee from Ionatana Molia, please contact him on 7273479.

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