Being a farmer is not an easy job, but if you love what you do, it makes a difference.
That is the opinion of a 50-year-old male from Falefa.
He is So’olefai Fa’alogo, who was spotted working hard on his plantation yesterday.
Speaking to the Village Voice, So’olefai said he enjoys his job very much.
However, like anything in life, there are always loopholes and challenges.
And for So’olefai, the main challenge is that cows keep destroying his plantation.
“I depend so much on my plantation,” he said.
“This provides money for me and also food. But the main problem is that the cows always destroy my bananas and taros.
“The hardest part about this is I can’t really find a solution to this problem because I don’t know who owns these cows.
“This is because almost every family in our village owns a cattle farm.”
So’olefai said that does not discourage him.
“In life, you do what you love to do,” he said.
“If you enjoy what you do, then nothing will stop you. And to me, this is what I love to do.
“God blessed me and my family with this land and I am happy to work on it because it provides for me and my family.
“Life in Samoa is easy when you work hard and do good things for your family.”
He added that people of his village depend mostly on the land for food and income.
“And that also motivates me to continue working because I’ve seen that it’s very rewarding when you reap the fruits of your work.
“I also believe that rewards come to those who work hard. You don’t really have to question the importance of plantations in our lives.
“That is why it is very useful for us to make good use of our resources from God and also our God’s given talents.”
Asked about how life is for him in the village, So’olefai said that everything is great.
“All is well with us here in the village.The good thing about us here in the village is that there is unity in all that we do. Our village council encourages the youth to work the land because they know that most families depend on the land for survival.
“And they know that this can help families, villages and congregations. We have plantation inspections every month and that’s a good way to make sure that we all continue to work on our plantation.”