Registration now open for the 2013 Territorial Farm Fair
The Department of Agriculture is now accepting registrations for the 2013 Territorial Farm Fair which will be held this year at the Su’igaula ole Atuvasa Beach Park in Utulei.
The two-day event will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 28 from 8 a.m. - 12 noon.
A total of seven categories are included in this year’s Fair. They include:
• Traditional crops (taro, banana, ta’amu, breadfruit, yams, niu, popo, ava Samoa, sugarcane, manioka, koko, etc.)
• Fruit trees (fala, esi, moli, tipolo, grapefruit, mangos, avoka, guava, sasalapa, melo, etc.)
• Vegetables (pepper, saga, lettuce, kukama, aniani, eggplant, maukeni, radish, ginger, long beans, tomatoes, kapisi, etc.)
• Cooked food (masi Samoa, supo esi, suafa’i, fa’ausi, oka, luau, taufolo, supo, chips, etc.)
• Livestock (meatuaolo & moa)
• Sewing/handicrafts (quilts, pillows, cases, hats, puletasi, fala, etc), and
• Other country dishes (ethnic foods)
Registration is $20 and can be made at the DOA office in Tafuna.
A group of 15-20 judges will be present to judge each category. The list of judges is yet to be finalized.
DOA official Pona T. Ala told Samoa News yesterday that the goal of this year’s Farm Fair is to “see where local farmers stand, as far as production.”
She said farming, as well as cooking, sewing, and handicraft creation is a good way for people to get by and make a living. She referred to the School Lunch Program and said some of the contracts for the supply of vegetables and agricultural items are often awarded to non-Samoans and this is something they want to work on.
She said Samoans are capable and able to produce but sometimes they just need a little encouragement.
DOA Director Lealao Melila Purcell is currently off island but Ala said it is the director’s goal to place the focus on “Talo Mua” for this year’s Farm Fair, meaning emphasis will be placed on the taro and the many different types available on island.
For the Other Country Dishes category, Ala explained that all foreign dishes are welcomed (i.e. Filipino, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Fijian, etc.)
According to Ala, each category will be judged and participants are encouraged to bring five samples of their products for display and sampling. No items will be sold during the Fair and everything that is brought in will be used as gifts for the VIP guests.
Everyone participating in the event — whether they place or not — will receive a prize.
More information on the Farm Fair can be obtained by contacting Pona Ala at 699-9272.
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