10 Mar 2015

Samoa looks to make alcohol from local produce

9:30 am on 10 March 2015

The success in producing alcohol from local fruits and root crops in Samoa is being seen as an opportunity for exporting to overseas markets.

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The Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa has succeeded in the production of alcohol from pineapple, star fruits and taro in research funded by South Korea.

A tasting session held over the weekend received positive feedback from local beverage producers and government officials.

The Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, says the market popularity of alcoholic beverages should harness the abundance of local produce that goes to waste.

"I continue to encourage for us to closely collaborate with key government ministries and our farmers and growers to ensure a stable supply of locally grown raw materials at reasonable prices for the continuous production of these newly developed local product."