A double celebration was hosted by the village of Letogo last Friday, 11 June 2022 when elders of the village planned and organized their Talomua event in conjunction with their
celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Samoa’s Independence.
A variety of the village’s finest agricultural produce ranging from roots, tree crops, vegetables, fruits and livestock were all on display.
The village women’s group performed traditional dances and sang songs in celebration of the two important events.
A display of fine mats and handicrafts were also organized by the women’s group (Faletua ma Tausi, Sa’oao ma Tamaita’i).
The National Anthem was sung by all as the Samoan flag was raised by the church minister of the Letogo EFKS, Rev. Ulatifa Leuluaialii, to start off the Talomua program followed by a devotional service and other formalities.
The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Honourable La’auliolemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Fosi Schmidt, Associate Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, along with the Member of Parliament for Vaimauga 1, Sulamanaia Tuivasa Tauiliili and the executive management of the ministry attended the day’s festivities.
Hon. Minister delivered remarks and words of encouragement to the village for hosting a successful event.
He acknowledged the participation of both Letogo Primary and Samoa Primary – commending the support and the valuable efforts by the women for the day’s events and celebrations.
Laaulialemalietoa said the village of Letogo used to have factories and well established facilities for processing goods such as soap and milk, adding that the Talomua is an opportunity to encourage farmers and fishers to actively participate in showcasing the fruits of their hard labour.
Moreover, the Minister emphasized the importance of planting more crops to safeguard Samoa’s food and nutrition security, especially the control of increasing number of our people with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and increase import substitution and exports (both fresh and frozen products).
Laaulialemalietoa reiterated the government’s commitment to strengthening grassroots communities with a direct assistance approach to districts, through the $1 million tala development fund.
The mayor of Letogo, Mr. Tufalevulevu Fa’apiano Pilimai assured that the village of Letogo fully supported the initiative by the government for community developments voicing the village’s request for them to utilize government owned land in Letogo to further expand their agricultural developments, and assistance with access roads for farming purposes, school buildings and water access/supply.
As part of the Ministry’s role in supporting village-led agriculture events, farming tools and equipment as well as seeds and seedlings of various crops were provided for the village of Letogo.