7 Nov 2012

Business license for non-American Samoan farmers being looked at by Education Department

5:17 am on 7 November 2012

American Samoa's Department of Education is assessing how best to handle the increasing number of Asian farmers supplying vegetables to the School Lunch Programme.

The deputy Director Russ Aab says School Lunch is a fully federally funded program and they cannot pick who to purchase from based on race.

The Director of Agriculture Lealao Mel Purcell is concerned that Asian farmers are beginning to dominate the programme.

But Mr Aab says they cannot refuse to buy from Asian farmers as that would be discrimination which is prohibited under federal rules.

He says a lawyer is looking at a plan to require non-American Samoan farmers to have a business license as a condition of selling to the School Lunch Programme.