The ulu (breadfruit) has been touted as one of the most important crops of the 21st century.
A government backed research shows that this highly abundant and under utilised fruit has mass potential in economic benefits for Samoa as well providing another food medium that could aid in reducing the epidemic of diabetes cases in this country.
This week the global model breadfruit dehydrator prototype will be showcased here in Samoa for the 2017 Breadfruit Summit.
The dehydration systems will be crucial for developing a global market for breadfruit flour as consumers are becoming more health conscience. In the U.S.A alone there is a multi billion dollar health market for gluten free low glycemic food products.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa is an active supporter of the ulu project and is confident that the marketability breadfruit produced from Samoa will ensure employment for the youth of today and tomorrow.