Agriculture back on track, says Minister
All good things must come to an end. And so it was with the successful three-day Agriculture and Fisheries Show 2017 which concluded with a prize giving ceremony on Friday morning in front of the Government Building.
The prize giving was to award and recognize those who contributed towards the agriculture and fisheries show.
The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Lopaoo Natanielu Mu’a, acknowledged all the farmers who had contributed in this year’s show and congratulated the participants who were awarded.
“We have come to the conclusion of a wonderful week of enhancing partnership to develop sustainable agriculture and fisheries and what a week it has been trying to produce the results we have set forth to achieve,” said Lopaoo.
“Beneath all this is the desire to improve the lives of our farmers, community, families, churches and nation.”
“As Samoans, we all grew up in an environment of hardworking people who say if you don’t work, you don’t eat, he said.
“Food and money don’t grow out of thin air; it is a result of hard work and determination.”
Moreover, the Minister said in his speech, that he was confident agriculture was back in business.
“I am most pleased to see agriculture and fisheries, stake holders and private sectors come out to display, showcase and sell their products and create display arrangements that attracted all kinds of buyers from all ages, the business community, families, farmers and aspiring farmers,” he said.
“With the increase of participants and commitments of the Ministry’s staff, I am most confident that agriculture is back in business and once again becoming the backbone of the Samoan Government and soon to be the main contributor of social development and G.D.P. in the next few years.
“I look forward to targets being achieved and especially in the private sector.”
The Minister also acknowledged all those who had contributed to this year’s show.
“I thank everyone who has contributed significantly in making this event a success through commitment to participate and be supportive,” said Lopaoo.
“Let us work together to achieve our goals for a positive business.
“I am looking forward to doing more for the agriculture sector.”