12 October, 2017. Samoa – Farming is the life’s work for Leapai Ta’a who has spent more than 50 years working the land at Savaia, Lefaga. A youthful 67yrs, Ta’a does not let age slow him down from earning a living for his family.
Leapai was spotted at this year’s Agriculture and Fisheries Show in front of the Government Building showcasing some of the goods he sells on a daily basis. Taro, koko, ufi (yam) and umala (kumara) are some of his many crops.
When asked about challenges faced by his farming enterprise, Leapai said various pests like agufe and lega were the greatest problem, requiring the use of pesticides that he purchases from the Agriculture Store.
Aside from his children and family members, Leapai also has three employees working on the farm.
He sells his produce at the Savalalo Market in Apia.
The farm is the family’s main source of income and it is Leapai’s hope that his children will also pursue a future in agriculture as while it may be hard work, it is profitable.
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