3 May 2013

Samoa farmers want to be involved in new plans for Fugalei market

6:55 am on 3 May 2013

Many farmers in Samoa are now calling for consultations on the rebuild of the Fugalei market, saying they want to be better informed on its progress.

Ambitious and costly plans for the market have been shelved by the government, and new plans are being called for, which has led to further delays..

The chairman of Samoa's Farmers Association, Afamasaga Toleafoa, says many of its members are concerned at the lack of proper planning for the rebuild.

"It's a mess. It's been very difficult for farmers. It's been unhygienic, unhealthy and extremely challenging for people. And also for the buyers because the market used to be very good but we know it needed to be upgraded. I think we should have some consultations with stakeholders."

Afamasaga Toleafoa says the government should really start again by holding talks about the rebuild with stakeholders like the farming sector, the private sector, buyers and consumers before new plans are drafted.