29 May 2009

American Samoa looks for ways to develop its agriculture

10:29 am on 29 May 2009

American Samoa is looking for ways to best develop its agriculture in a bid to boost the economy.

The Governor's Economic Advisory Council in American Samoa met recently with the head of the American Samoa Farmers Cooperative and others to find out how best to jump start agriculture development in the territory.

An EAC final report submitted to Governor Togiola Tulafono two weeks ago included the recommendation for the development of agriculture.

The EAC's co-chair David Robinson says the report missed other aspects of agricultural development so a meeting was held with farmers.

Mr Robinson, who is also president of the Chamber of Commerce, says among the issues discussed was the need for equipment and financing to purchase it and fertilizer.

Mr Robinson says the meeting also looked at the possibility of loans for farmers through the Development Bank of American Samoa.