1 Nov 2018

Ageing trees threaten Samoa coconut exports

10:11 am on 1 November 2018
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A senior official in Samoa said the country's coconut export industry is under threat if a stringent replanting programme is not implemented.

The agriculture ministry's assistant chief executive, Moafanua Tolo Iosefo, told the Samoa Observer about 80 percent of the country's trees are old and can not hope to meet global demand.

He said there are major concerns that coconut production is declining, but a community-based replanting programme could help maintain exports.

Moafanua said the government hopes to replant up to 90 percent of coconut plantations in the next five years.