3 Jan 2013

Replanting advice as Samoa recovers from Evan

5:57 pm on 3 January 2013

A Samoan NGO, Women in Business, says there are concerns Samoa will face a food shortage after so many breadfruit, banana trees and taro plantations were damaged by Tropical Cyclone Evan.

Pule Toleafoa of the NGO says people should be using the branches of fallen trees to create root stock instead of chopping or burning the entire tree.

She says if a banana tree has fallen on the ground with almost ripe fruit, the bunches should be covered to allow them to ripen normally.

She adds that with breadfruit trees, they must be cut six feet above the roots and at the join where the branches grow.

She says coconuts should be replanted using fallen nuts.