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Initial testing for the African Swine Fever (ASF) on Samoan livestock have come back negative. The Scientific Research Organization of Samoa has confirmed reiterating no trace of the deadly virus is in Samoan pigs.

This is all made possible according to SROS Chief, Seuseu Dr. Joseph Edward Tauati with the establishment of a Center of Samoa Cancer Research under SROS umbrella. The Center also has the capacity to test various diseases and viruses.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi said the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa’s (S.R.O.S.) new $2.5 million commercial factory and its commercialisation setup is a dream come true. The Prime Minister was part of an official groundbreaking ceremony at the facility Tuesday morning.

The new initiative is designed to work on projects to ensure food security for Samoa in the face of threats to the national food supply, ranging from pandemics such as COVID-19, plant diseases and natural disasters, the Prime Minister said. Tuilaepa thanked S.R.O.S. for their hard work. The scientific investigation of the Government research and development arm made the factory possible, Tuilaepa said.

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Source: Samoa Observer and SROS’ IT team

The Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (S.R.O.S.) has unveiled a new taro-based ethanol hand sanitiser that has been six years in the making. S.R.O.S. says it’s a monumental step as it works toward building a commercial factory. The ethanol was a necessary prerequisite to creating the hand sanitiser. 

S.R.O.S. came up with the ethanol when they were searching for ways to help farmers find another way to make money from their taro plantations. “The ethanol production all started because of the farmers. They wanted another avenue so that their taro could be sold,” said the Chief Executive Office of S.R.O.S., Seuseu Joseph Tauati.