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Enhanced food production and postharvest handling systems for Samoa

Objective;
To increase the efficiency of fruit value chains through improved productivity and postharvest handling practices for fresh breadfruit and pineapple.

The horticultural sector supports the livelihoods of the majority of the Samoan population. However, increasing food imports, declining contribution to overall GDP, and reduced household participation in the sector, highlights systemic challenges. In seeking to revitalise the horticultural industry, the Samoan Government launched the Fruit & Vegetables Development Strategy for Samoa in 2009. While this strategy does not identify commodity-specific priorities, it does provide an extensive action plan (based on industry structure reform, R&D to improve productivity, capacity building, supply chain coordination, and provision of technical services), focused on achieving import substitution and supporting niche export market opportunities.

This four-year project will aim to achieve the following objectives:
(a) Improve the commercial viability of sea-freight exports in Samoa by developing postharvest protocols for small breadfruit consignment shipments to New Zealand and Australia;
(b) Evaluate the existing postharvest handling constraints along domestic pineapple value chains in Samoa, and provide appropriate remediation; and,
(c) Undertake concurrent postharvest optimisation of sea freight storage protocols for Samoan pineapple in support of a future Samoa pineapple export industry.

 

Currently Active Projects

 
 

Cocoa Value Adding

Objective;
To determine the optimum fermentation process and potential value added products for the different cocoa varieties locally available.
Cocoa intended for different markets or products can have distinct fermentation and drying requirements. This study aims to characterize the local varieties when fermented and dried, and thus identify the optimum fermentation and drying processes for the different varieties available, and evaluate potential value added products for the desired varieties.

 

Orchid Propagation & Essential Oil Extraction

Objective;
 
To improve the economic and social wellbeing of Samoan communities through the advancement of a natural resources industry.
The project is designed to directly benefit the grassroots level as well as contribute to the socio-economic development of Samoa by using cost effective biotechnologies on plants which are abundant, well grown and economically viable. It entails the use of plant biotechnology to exploit the resources abundantly available at different locations spread across the islands of Savaii and Upolu. The project will specifically be directed at the propagation of various beautiful orchids and the extraction of aromas from fragrant plants.

 

Renewable energy using locally available bioresources

Objective;
 
To achieve commercial production of an alternative renewable energy using the bioresources of Samoa
The central objective of the project is to reduce the nation’s reliance on foreign sources of fossil fuels so that economic growth can be sustained. Biodiesel and bioethanol can significantly contribute to the infrastructure priorities outlined in the SDS 2012-2016 that seek sustainable energy supply for the country.

 

Avocado and Coconut Margarines

Objective;
 
to utilize locally extracted avocado and coconut oils to produce an avocado and coconut margarines. Avocado oil was successfully extracted and launched in 2012. The full utilisation of the extracted oil has seen the need to add more value to this new local oil, by producing an avocado margarine which can contribute to lessening the import of margarine and butter into the country and also be an export produ ct for overseas niche market. The same approach will be applied to coconut oil to produce a coconut margarine.

 

Avocado Oil

Objective;
 
To establish a commercial avocado oil processing operation in Samoa.
Adding value to local agricultural produce to serve both the domestic and export markets is a big incentive for farmers to continually grow the raw material and business owner to invest in processing. The achievement of this project’s main objective would be a great benefit to the development of rural areas to improve the economic outlook of the country.

 

Breadfruit flour

Objective;
 
To establish breadfruit flour processing operation in Samoa.
To demonstrate the economic potential of processing flour for Samoan breadfruit to local industries and business, and communities.

 

Coconut oil refinement

Objective;
 
To refine the quality of coconut cooking oil by using new means of filtration and local resources.
The aim is to help improve the eating or cooking quality of the oil while exploiting advantages in regards to its high cooking temperature.

 

Novel Processing of Fruit Spirit

Objective;
 
To develop an efficient process for fruit spirit production from local fruits.
Samoa is blessed with abundance of tropical fruits that are often under-utilised while in season. There has been some interest from local businesses in the development of alcoholic spirit using locally grown fruits. This project aims to develop a technically and commercially efficient process for the processing of fruit spirits using locally grown fruits for local consumption and export.

 

Postharvest Technologies

Objective;
 
Develop postharvest technologies to facilitate the revival of agricultural produce and products in Samoa.
A key outcome in the new SDS 2017-2020 is revitalized agriculture, which could be greatly facilitated by the introduction of value-added processing through postharvest technologies. In addition to existing projects in food processing, SROS seeks to identify a new project through consultation with relevant stakeholders in the farming, processing and logistics industries. SROS aims to develop a postharvest technology that will be taken up by local industries and individuals to increase exports of Samoa's agricultural products.

 

Medicinal and cosmetic application of select organisms available in Samoa

Objective;
 
To evaluate medicinal and cosmetic application of select organisms (terrestrial and marine) that are abundantly available in Samoa.
Samoa is blessed with abundance of terrestrial and marine resources that have potential to inhibit various enzymes responsible for high sugar levels in blood causing diabetes and other non-communicable diseases. This project aims to screen selected terrestrial flora and marine fauna for their effectiveness in inhibiting the activity of the alpha-glucosidase enzyme which is responsible for high sugar levels in blood.

 

Essential Testing Services and International Accreditation

Objective;
 
To provide technical analyses to support the private sector and exporters in their efforts to expand primary food production, manufacturing/processing and the service industries.
SROS has been working to achieve international accreditation of different testing services to help the private sector within the framework "Strategies under accreditation that will make the private sector an intervention sector that would drive economic growth and job creation". The portfolio of testing services established continues to be expanded to meet the needs of our customers and stakeholders.

 

Narcotics Laboratory

Objective;
 
To upgrade the technical capacity of SROS to enable testing of hard drugs and precursors.

 

Capital Projects

 
 

Building a security fence around the compound


 
 

Acquiring a New Motor Vehicle for Technical and Research Work


SROS Laboratory Building


Completed and Closed Projects