3 Dec 2013

American Samoa aquaponics project proves successful

10:26 pm on 3 December 2013

An aquaponics farming project in American Samoa has proved such a success there are hopes to start other projects in the territory.

The Centre for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture in Hawaii and the University of Hawaii are joint partners in the project.

The farm in Taputimu came about after a 30,000 US dollar grant to Chief Apela Afoa to develop an aquaponics farm.

The Centre's Dr Cheng-Sheng Lee and the University's Dr Harry Ako, who provide technical support, were in the Territory recently to conduct demonstrations on the benefits of aquaponic farming.

Dr Ako says the start up products they use are very cheap, very bio-chemical, and would be very beneficial for locals.

"We want to start vegetable production in places that are short on land and short on fresh water which is what aquaponics does, it doesn't require much land, and it doesn't require much water."

Dr Harry Ako says there is such a demand for fresh produce in American Samoa the aquaponics farm is unable to meet it.