Woman farmer shares her passion
For Aleisa farmer Lillien Mapusua, working the land has been her life and she has seen the benefits.
The 73-year-old farmer told Samoa Observer in an interview on Saturday that growing fruits and vegetables is the best job and she works at her own time and pace.
Currently, most of the produce from her farm is sold to local companies in both Upolu and Savai’i.
"We supply fruits and vegetables to the markets. We would deliver the produce here in Upolu and we would also deliver it to Savai'i," she said.
Farming has grown to become a family venture, according to Mrs. Mapusua and her crop lineup includes papaya, taro, banana, and lettuce.
Recently, the family built a small stall in front of their home to sell a portion of the fruits and vegetables they sell on their farm.
"This stall was built recently, it was built last year," she said. "I feel happy. I feel happy selling the produce here. Not all of the produce is sold here, just a portion is brought here while the majority of the produce is delivered to the shops."
When asked what advice she would give to those who want to become farmers, she said: "My advice is that there is nothing better than being a farmer."
"You decide on what time you work, you decide what time you rest, unlike other jobs.”
The benefits of farming also include extra fruits and vegetables for your home.
"I advise people to work on the farms, you can get anything from the farm," she said.
Mrs. Maposua plans to expand her stall and make it a small market in the near future.