Samoa's talo goes to America
Two containers of talo are being loaded for America – and the exporters want more.
More than 15 commercial farmers brought in crops this week for export to America, said Tanu To’omata, a senior Agriculture Officer.
“We already set the time and day for shipping talo to America for all the farmers that contacted us,” he said. “They have to be on time and they were told the amount in kilos that they had to came up with.”
Mr. To’omata confirmed they buy 20 kilos of talo for ST$41.
Wednesday is the last day for the current shipment.
Figures from the central bank show a small but still significant export total from the 12 months to April 2013 of ST$749,000.
At Aele last Thursday afternoon, two farmers were enthusiastic about the export opportunity.
Exporter Mrs. Lisa Kamu said there was “overwhelming” feedback to their first shipment.
“Our first container got a lot of demand from those in America and we want to ship more.”
“It gives a great opportunity to every farmer to export their harvest.”
“They are getting good rewards, rather than standing in the sun the whole day and getting nearly nothing.”
Exporting also encourages farmer, Felise Vito of Lotopa.
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