2018 Agriculture and Fisheries Show closes
The 2018 Agriculture and Fisheries show for Upolu officially closed yesterday at the Malaefatu Park, Sogi.
The awarding of prizes to participants was part of the closing ceremony at the two-day event, which featured produce from the fisheries, livestock, and crops sectors.
The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries (M.A.F.), Lopaoo Natanielu Mua gave the speech at the closing ceremony.
“We dedicate the show especially to our farmers in crops or livestock and fishermen because without you all there would be no organisation known as M.A.F.
“In this field so many people think so lowly of it without considering the fact that this particular field is depended on for survival.
“But with the government ministries and the government alone we try our best in seeking funds to try and assist you all in any way through the needs that you all have voiced,” he said.
Lopaoo said the Ministry will continue to try its best to find ways to help the Samoan people who are in these particular fields.
“There is a verse in the bible that says, ‘Those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy.’
“I believe that for those that have participated and won prizes in the prizegiving today may have been the ones who worked very hard to achieve such goals.
“But I advise those that were not successful to not be disheartened instead think positively and try even harder for next year’s competition,” he added.
The support of donor partners to the sectors was also acknowledged by the Minister and made particular reference to New Zealand and China.
“We thank our overseas development partners New Zealand and China for participating in the showcase because without the work that you do in this field, it would not have been possible.
“I also acknowledge the assistance from various organisations, whether it is government or non-government.
“To all our local farmers, it is very pleasing to see that you are all doing very well in your respective fields as evident in your showcases, there is so much progress both in Upolu and Savaii,” he said.
The Minister added that he prays to God that the agriculture and fisheries field in Samoa can grow immensely and advised everyone to contact M.A.F. with any concerns so that the government can assist and tend to their requests.