26 Mar 2014

Samoa sheeping farming increasing

2:51 pm on 26 March 2014

Sheep farming in Samoa is growing through a programme funded by the World Bank.

Under the Samoa Agriculture Competitiveness Enhancement Project, the World Bank is helping develop livestock, fruits and vegetable farming.

Sheep were introduced in Samoa in 2004, with the flock now grown to 700.

The agriculture ministry is refreshing its stock with new breeds from Australia and Fiji.

The ministry's Leota Laumata Pelesasa says a long list of farmers is requesting sheep and funding, but he says they need to meet requirements, such as having a shelter, good pasture, water and paddock fencing.