27 Sep 2011

FAO sponsors chicken coops for Samoa tsunami-stricken farms

7:44 am on 27 September 2011

Villages affected by the September 2009 tsunami in Samoa have received materials to build chicken coops through assistance from the Food and Agriculture Organisation.

The Agriculture minister, Le Mamea Ropati Mualia, says a survey in the aftermath of the tsunami found about $250,000 worth of farms were destroyed.

He says raising chicken is an ideal way to improve food security and self-reliance in the villages rather than continuing to depend on imported food.

Villages were given chicken wire and nails in the first phase of the FAO assistance.

The second phase will see the distribution s of live chickens but only after verification that chicken coops have been installed.