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Samoa Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop 2016: Scientific Research of Samoa - Development of Value Added Food and Non-Food Products for the Tourism Industry


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Samoa Agritourism Policy Setting Worskhop 2016
Linking Agriculture and Tourism through Policy setting:
Strengthening the local agrifood sector and promoting agritourism

Workshop organised by the Government of Samoa and CTA
in collaboration with PIPSO

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Samoa Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop 2016: Scientific Research of Samoa - Development of Value Added Food and Non-Food Products for the Tourism Industry

  1. 1. 1 Development of value added food & non-food products for the Tourism Industry Samoa Agritourism Policy Workshop Samoa Conference Centre 14th - 16th December 2016
  2. 2. - Public beneficiary body, government funds operation but seek donor funding for projects -Contribute to national economy & community livelihoods through R & D and value adding to local produce -Partnership with relevant stakeholders in the public & private sectors, & key development partners -two focal areas for R & D -food -environment and renewable energy Background 2
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  4. 4. To conduct scientific research and develop technologies of great value in the sustainable development of value added goods and services for export and import replacement. Part of Mission Statement 4
  5. 5. 5 Gluten-free flour from breadfruit  For health conscious visitors  High value market that is growing rapidly (especially in USA, Australia, New Zealand & Japan)  SROS Promotional activities – samples to local restaurants, potential clients in New Zealand and Japan  SROS and local stakeholders –establish medium scale breadfruit flour processing operation  „local, non-GMO, organic, gluten free product‟
  6. 6. 6 Samoa Pure Avocado Oil Cold pressed cooking oil/ salad dressing For visitors wanting healthy oils high in polyunsaturated fats and vitamins, and polyphenols avocado oil from Samoa offers unique taste and aroma from a blend of local varieties Plant from Italy also processes coconut oil Oil by- product –avocado wax -body and/or hair moisturiser -excellent skin penetration and humectancy abilities
  7. 7. Avocado and Coconut Oil Margarines  Avg $4Million spent imported spreads  Excellent feedback local consumers  Funded by Samoan Government  Substitute product
  8. 8. Fruit Spirits  40% alcohol v/v  Taro, banana, star fruit, coconut, polynesian plum, soursop  Funded by Government of South Korea  Future duty free item from Samoa
  9. 9. Essential Oils  Extracting oil from fragrant plants  Ylang ylang, lemon grass, eucalyptus  Excellent feedback from the International Cosmetic trade fair in Tokyo Japan  Use in local spas and as a gift item
  10. 10. Other product development efforts
  11. 11. Orchid Propagation 11  Propagate imported/ local orchids for local florists  STA, MAF, SROS partnership, funded by JICA
  12. 12. Laboratory Testing Capability  Microbiological & chemical laboratories are internationally accredited –IANZ  Test for a range of spoilage microorganisms and chemical composition of food products (safety and nutritional information)  Pesticide residue testing  Narcotics laboratory 12
  13. 13. Examples of projects for testing.. 13 • Leafy vegetables food safety and postharvest loss - Funded by FAO SROS‟s role - • Undertake food safety risk assessment for selected vegetable chains • Through analysis of specific pathogens E. coli, Salmonella and L. monocytogenes along the value chains • Quarterly testing of all bottled water – MOH • Analysis of various food for salt content –MOH
  14. 14. SROS„s role in Agritourism… • 80% of R & D activities are agriculture linked • Food product development efforts promote the use of local produce and resources • Assuring the safety and quality of food products • …as well as the quality of that recreational drug  Tourists experience our locally produced, healthy alternatives for food and non-food products …PROMOTED AS… “LOCAL, ORGANIC, NON-GMO, GLUTEN FREE, NUTRITIOUS..” All developed products are intended to be up-taken by interested private sector to produce products for import substitution and/or export. 14
  15. 15. Thank you for your attention! • SROS website: • Email: • Telephone: (685) 20664 • Facsimile: (685) 27769 15