30 Jul 2012

American Samoa looks to export taro to the US

3:15 pm on 30 July 2012

American Samoa is now looking at the United States market for the export of locally grown taro, a crop that has grown in abundance since blight issues several years ago.

At last week's Farm Fair, the governor Togiola Tulafono, noted the increase in taro production and announced a territorial delegation will head to Hawai'i next month to look at taro exports into the U.S.

He says the delegation, which will include officials of the local Department of Agriculture will hold discussions with stores wanting taro from the territory.

He says it is time American Samoa takes the next step of selling locally grown produce to off-island markets.