Hon Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Fossie Von Schmidt.
MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES & SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ORGANISATION OF SAMOA
(He starts at his new office 5th floor, FMFM Building, Matafele on 21st March 2016.)
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The main occupation for the majority of our people is farming and fishing. The land and the sea bring us our food, income to sustain our livelihoods and goods and services that cement our culture.
While it may be expected that with growth and maturity of our economy the relative share of agriculture's contribution to GDP will decline, as the higher value adding sectors such as industry and services take a bigger share. However, the sector's importance for food security, good nutrition, prosperity and resilience in the face of climate change and associated natural disasters will remain paramount.
Consequently, the sector needs to thrive and grow to sustainably provide food and raw materials for our commerce, tourism and manufacturing industries and to increase our exports. Above all, the agriculture and fisheries sector's productivity needs to rise and the production quality needs to be consistently high to ensure our products are competitive in both domestic and international market places. Hence, finding ways to develop smallholder farming and fisheries and to improve the livelihoods of those who work on the land and the sea is a very high priority for the Government.
While a primary objective for most Samoan households with small-scale farms is to produce staple crops and livestock for subsistence, increasing their engagement with the market, by selling at least some of their produce and buying in some of their inputs - tools, seed, fertilizer, veterinary medicines etc. will be necessary to raise farm productivity and incomes. Increased adoption of improved technology embodied i nthe inputs mentioned aboce as well as machinery (i.e. tractors, rock removal equipment) appropriate-scale irrigation, equipment, and technical advice; credit to finance investment and innovation on the farm will all be necessary to sustainably mechanise and commercialize agriculture growth.
In return, it is likely that agriculture and fisheries development will create more widespread benefits through addition jobs on a farms, in processing industries, retail and the wider economy. It will also mean increased availability and access to high quality domestically produced nutritious food at prices that our people can afford and thus reduce our current heavy demand on imported food products.
I am therefore pleased to present this Agriculture Sector Plan(ASP) 2016-2020 with its purpose to help guid and coordinate coherent actions from hte key agencies, service providers and private sector stakeholders working in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) to ensure the sustainable development of a thriving, inclusive, resilient agriculture and fisheries sector.
I hereby pledge the Government's full support for the implementation of the plan and look forward to strengthen our partnerships with all stakeholders to ensure its successful delivery.
Samoa's Delegation to Rome head by his Honorable Le Mamea Ropati Mualia, 7th June 2015
Receiving this Achievement Award, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries - Le Mamea Ropati Mualia said "This is a great achievement by our country and we ougt to be proud of it. This is also a reflection of the great contribution by our small family farmers in carrying out their obligations by working in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture. My advice is to keep up the good work and work out strategies to make sure that the momentum now achieved be further developed and sustained".
Samoa's Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries met Pope Francis at FAO Conference on 11th June 2015 at Rome/Vatican City.
Address by the Holy Father, Pope Francis at Clementine Hall, Thursday 11th June 2015.