Roma Taro Samoa (“RTS”) is a commercial Taro farm located in Gagaifolevao, Lefaga, Samoa. RTS currently supply premium Taro for export to NZ and USA.
“Taro was consumed by the early Romans in much the same way the potato is today. They called this root vegetable colocasia. After the fall of the Roman Empire the use of taro dwindled in Europe. This was largely due to the decline of trade and commerce with Egypt, previously controlled by Rome.”
Therein is the origin of the name Roma Taro Samoa, a surprise discovery when researching the project. In helping to rebuild the Samoan taro export industry, RTS hope to spread Samoan taro as far and wide as the Roman Empire once had.
RTS aims to:
1. Provide premium export quality taro for international markets.
2. Contribute to rebuilding the Samoan taro export industry.
3. Contribute to the economies of both the district of Lefaga and Samoa through fair and gainful, permanent and casual employment, as well as local trade.
4. Make quality taro accessible and affordable for Samoan residents.