Double celebration in Letogo, Talomua and Samoa’s 60 years of independence

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The village of Letogo was in celebratory mode last Friday when they hosted their Talomua as part of their celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Samoa’s Independence.

Ali’i and Faipule of Letogo planned and organized the special events. The statement issued by the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture says neighboring villagers and the general public gathered at Letogo to witness the Talomua and Independence celebration.

“A variety of agricultural produce ranging from root and tree crops, vegetables, fruits and livestock were all on display. Village women’s group performed traditional dancing and other entertainment as part of the festivity.

“A display of fine mats and handicrafts were also organized by the women’s group (Faletua ma Tausi, Sa’oao ma Tamaita’i).”

The statement says 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.

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, La’auli Leuatea Schmidt along with Associate Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, and Member of
Parliament for Vaimauga No 1, Sulamanaia Tuivasa Tauiliili and the executive management of the ministry attended the day’s festivities.

The Minister delivered his remarks and words of encouragement to the village for hosting a successful event and acknowledged the participation of the Letogo and Samoa Primary Schools and commended the support and the valuable efforts exerted by the women for the day’s event and celebration.

“The village of Letogo used to have well-established facilities for processing goods such as soap and milk.” Adding that the Talomua will be an opportunity to encourage farmers and fishers to actively participate in showcasing the fruits of their hard labor.

Moreover, he emphasized the importance of planting more crops to safeguard Samoa’s food and nutrition security, especially the control of the increasing number of people with non-communicable diseases (NCDs). As well as the increase import substitution and exports (both fresh and
frozen products).

The Minister also emphasized the Government’s commitment to strengthening grassroots communities with a direct assistance approach to districts with the $1 million Tala development fund.

Village mayor Mr. Tufalevulevu Fa’apiano Pilimai assured that the village of Letogo fully supported the initiative by the government for community developments.

He also voiced 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.