Farmer highlights benefits of hard work

By Nefertiti Matatia 14 November 2017, 12:00AM

You will reap the fruits of your work joyfully when you know you have sweat to earn it. 

So says Tui Sio, father of two, who caught up with the Village Voice while he was selling taro and yams to earn a living. 

Tui believes that life is easy if we work. 

He supports Prime Minister’s comments that only lazy people are poor and suffer from poverty.

He is certain that you could earn money from anywhere, especially if you work the land hard enough.

“We have so many resources that are available to us,” he said. 

“We could sell taro and yams to earn money and also to feed our families. Everything is here it is mainly up to the person to go work or not.”

He added that both he and his wife do not work but they rely mainly on the land for survival, this is where they mostly receive help from to raise their two little kids.

Tui said there is another advantage of working the land. Not only you will receive money from it but you will also be able to keep fit and stay healthy.

 “The more I work, the more that I feel strong, this is another benefit of working the land,” he said.

Tui stopped working for the fish market because there was barely anybody within his family so he ended up quitting his job.

He started a plantation instead.

He doesn’t have any regrets.

He shared that he is happy that he gets to stay home and help his wife and at the same time watch his children grow.

The 37-year-old said the village of Nofoalii is big in terms of the land.

 “We are so blessed by having so much fertile soil,” he said.

“We just need to work hard and never give up. In Samoa you put anything on the ground and it grows. When they fruit, you can use that to earn money. That’s what I’m doing.”

Tui pinpointed that one of the issues that he normally faces is transportation. 

He believes that only when the bus driver feels like coming then he will come to pick up his passengers.

“Transportation here at Nofoalii is not good, most of the children walk to school because the bus driver would just show up when he feels like it,” he said.

By Nefertiti Matatia 14 November 2017, 12:00AM

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