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Agriculture, along with forestry and fishing, contribute 9.5% to Samoa’s GDP (2010) and 23.7% of land is given over to agricultural use. The primary agricultural products include coconuts, bananas, taro, yams, coffee and cocoa. The principal agricultural export products are fish, coconut oil and cream, copra, taro and beer, which go mainly to New Zealand, Australia, US and Indonesia. Samoan agriculture can be classified into three categories: subsistence farming, semi-commercial and commercial farming. The majority of farmers in Samoa fall into the subsistence category with surplus sold for cash. Development of commercial farming on a larger scale is held back by the lack of good quality soil and land, as well as the cost of export and the effects of the annual cyclone season. The country’s traditional culture and the land tenure system influence the contemporary system which comprises of three types of land tenure: freehold, public and customary. The government ministry in charge of the sector is the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Agriculture organisations in Samoa
Ministry of Agriculture