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Samoa starts breeding farm

Friday, October 13, 2017

APIA - Samoa's Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has kicked off an import substitution project with a chicken breeding farm at the ministry's livestock division.

The project is funded by the World Bank at a cost of around $US90,000 ($F 184,630.11) and opened on Tuesday, amid hopes it can extend around the country.

The new minister of agriculture and fisheries, Lopao'o Natanielu Mu'a, said Samoa was one of the largest importers of chicken meat in the Pacific.

He hoped the initiative would boost local poultry farms and cut imports.

He said it was also important to note that Samoa had no more than 500,000 free range chickens at any one time.

"So we will have a long way to go to reduce our chicken meat imports, however this is the start," he said.

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