6 Aug 2008

Agricultural produce prices rise in American Samoa

9:59 am on 6 August 2008

In American Samoa, Representative Paopaoailua Joe Fiaui has complained that prices of agricultural produce sold at Pago Pago's temporary market are not only too high, but also low quality.

He says that before one could get a bundle of bananas for US$3 but now the lowest price is US$5 for bananas that are not mature.

Tualauta representative Mase Akapo Akapo says its no secret that most of the farmers selling produce at the marketplace were from his district, but the cost of living is soaring and farmers have to raise prices.

He says if shoppers feel the prices are too high, no one is forcing them to buy .