20 Jun 2013

Workshop aims to increase greens in Samoan diet

4:43 am on 20 June 2013

It's hoped a recent seminar held to educate market farmers on which leafy vegetables offer the most nutritional value will result in a healthier Samoan diet.

Teachers, and health professionals from all over the country also took part in the workshop in Apia last week, funded by the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research.

The Women in Business Development Incorporation co-ordinated the event and Programme Manager Alberta Malielegaoi Vitale says participants were given information about improving the quality of their produce.

One of the focuses was on laupele, green leafy vegetable, which has 17 times the nutritional value of lettuce.

Ms Vitale says they're trying to encourage farmers to grow more of the healthier vegetables like laupele and the taro leaf.

"A number of people that turned up really stressed their interest on planting these vegetables which they're now getting to know about, not just knowing about the vegetables itself but also how to cook them and what's available out there to use these particular vegetables in."

Alberta Malielegaoi Vitale says farmers also learnt about composting, a method which some had never heard of.