11 Aug 2008

American Samoa farmers justify price hikes

1:48 pm on 11 August 2008

Farmers in American Samoa say the higher prices of agricultural produce sold at the marketplace in Pago Pago cannot be helped.

They say that the cost of pesticides and fertilisers have gone up and they're having to pay more for fuel to transport their produce to the market.

The information from farmer's groups was presented to the House Commerce Committee after a representative expressed dissatisfaction over market prices.

A leader of the farmers, Taimane Johnson, asked the Fono to help restore government subsidies on fertilisers and agricultural supplies.

She said the scrapping of the subsidies has made it more difficult for farmers to keep their plantations going without raising prices.