Safety boots boost for local farmers

Local farmers were the recent recipients of boots to assist them in their farming and daily chores.

Australian policewoman Jo Mikarna – who earlier gave 4000 boots and 500 pairs of work trousers to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries – also presented four pairs to local farmers.

Tala Petelo, 41, of Falefa was one of the lucky farmers that got brand new pair of boots.

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“My family depends on our plantation and vegetable garden for a living both for food supply and income. I am truly grateful for the new shoes, traditionally our people did not use shoes but nowadays we need them.”

“A pair of shoes is significant because they will help protect your feet from any sharp objects that may cause any harm,” he said.

A father of six, Atofau Atofau together with his wife from Faleasiu was the receivers of another two pairs.

“We express our sincere gratitude towards your assistance, may God bless your kind hearts. There are not many people with the heart to give expecting nothing in return and I will use these with care,” they said. 

For 14-year-old Tavita Visesio from Falevao, the new boots will help with his family’s chores at their plantation. Out of 12 pairs of boots that were given by MAF for the delivery, five pairs were presented to families featured on Village Voice column with four going to vulnerable and low-income farmers.

But due to bad weather, three pairs were left behind and returned to MAF, which confirmed that a list is being compiled for Cabinet’s approval.

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