Survey reveals S.O.E. impact on growers
An online survey targeting market vendors has revealed that the state of emergency (S.O.E.) and Sunday market closure has dramatically affected their sales.
Samoa Women Association of Growers (S.W.A.G.) Vice President, Shelley Burich, told Samoa Observer in an email response that an online survey they ran showed that the growers were feeling the impact of the S.O.E. and Sunday market closure.
“For the Sunday market vendors, we recently did an online survey, asking the market vendors to express the challenges they are faced with during the S.O.E. and shutdown of the markets on a Sunday. From these responses, we can honestly say that they are feeling the impact dramatically due to the inability to sell their produce,” she said.
The market vendors have the option of selling through an online platform, but Ms Burich said the S.W.A.G. does not have technical resources such as that to provide to the vendors.
“Providing an online platform for them to sell their produce involves a lot more technical and telecommunication expertise that we don’t currently have. However, we do encourage our market vendors to consider using the Maua App online buying and selling platform as one alternative option,” she added.
“We are continuing our discussion with the S.W.A.G. market vendors to see how we might be able to help them more, with a possibility of advocating to the Government to allow some leeway for these Sunday vendors.”
The Government-declared S.O.E. has also had an impact on the completion date of a project run by the Association, the Bee Conscious Project.
Ms Burich said the project is nearing completion and they hope to complete it upon the uplifting of the S.O.E. restrictions.
“This project is the platform for which S.W.A.G. intends to utilise to contribute towards landscape management and food security from a planet conscious approach,” she said.
“And is intended to be a vehicle in which its members will play a key role in preserving the life of bees in Samoa, changing the current morale around beekeeping, and overall, contribute to improving the honey production for local consumption.”
The Bee Conscious Project has run for eight months and has been made possible through funding from the MNRE Strengthening Multi-Sectoral Management of Critical Landscapes Project.