Samoa commemorates its first ever World Animal Day 2022
Animals play a vital role in the livelihoods of the Samoan people as a source of food and wealth, given as gifts during many cultural activities, natural pollinators and companions of man, hence the celebration of the Day world animal world every year.
On Tuesday, October 4, 2022, the Animal Production and Health Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, commemorated the World Day animals for the first time in Samoa, focusing on promoting animal welfare concepts to raise the standard of living of animals by contributing positively to production and quality of life.
More than 50 herders, students from some of the local colleges as well as teachers and students from the University of the South Pacific in Alafua, participated in the day’s activities.
Deputy Director General of the Animal Production and Health Division, Fesilia’i Tulia Molimau-Iosefa, in her opening remarks, highlighted the growing demand for food in Samoa, resulting in the intensification of animal production. She also pointed out that the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries wishes to use this special day as a platform to promote animal welfare to raise animal care standards in our country as well as food safety. for our people.
Fesilia’i later acknowledged the continued collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and FAO to promote the development of agriculture in Samoa. She also thanked the valuable contribution of the farmers and reminded them of animal welfare on their farms.
FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Pacific, Ms Yao, thanked the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of Samoa for its excellent partnership with FAO and for the first ever celebration of World Animal Day in Samoa . “We are celebrating together today a momentous occasion that must be cherished and nurtured by all animal owners in Samoa. FAO joins the ministry in raising awareness of animal welfare concepts in a partnership approach, to s ‘actively engage with animal welfare groups, community groups, breeders, pet owners, students and the general public in hopes of wider dissemination of information and experiences’. Ms. Yao also reaffirmed that FAO will continue its technical cooperation with the Ministry in activities related to sustainable animal production and animal health.
In addition, the participants were able to visit the farms (cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens) within the premises of the Livestock Division of the MAF and attended a training session given by the technical staff as well as information sessions on the services offered by the Ministry as well as to other stakeholders (Animal Protection Society, Vaoala Fibee Honey and Fisheries Team).