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'Agriculture used to be the backbone of Samoa's economy' says Farmers Association

The Samoa Farmers Association is concerned with the decline in the country's agriculture sector outlined in a new government report.

The latest Agriculture and Fisheries Sector Plan obtained by the Samoa Observer said the industry made up close to a quarter of Samoa's GDP in 1994/1995 and was down to just 10 percent by 2020/2021.

Farmers Association chair and economist Afamasaga Toleafoa said agriculture had been in decline for a long time.

"Agriculture used to be the backbone of Samoa's economy," Toleafoa said.

"Food security was very high, food dependence was very low and exports were mostly around 80 percent agriculture. It's the reverse now."

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