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Thursday 12 March 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A ban on airline passengers importing fruit from Auckland, New Zealand, to Tonga remains enforced by Tonga's Quarantine authorities.
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Thursday 16 October 2014
world food day

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Family farmers contribute to Tonga's food security and are central to the food systems of Tonga, but they must evolve over time, Gavin Wall, the FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Pacific said on World Food Day 2014, today.
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Thursday 28 August 2014

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siutoni Tupou, Tonga's new Export Pathway Manager, today received a new vehicle, and equipment to help her maintain an important working relationship between Tonga's export farmers and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries, assisted by the Australian-funded Pacific Horticulture and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA).
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Monday 25 August 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four newly refurbished Massey Ferguson tractors have arrived in Tonga, destined for villages in ‘Eua and Niuafo’ou island to help increase their agricultural activities.
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Thursday 7 August 2014
Sydney, Australia
Urine could be successfully recycled to fertilise crops according to University of Sydney civil engineering researchers who have examined the effectiveness of reusing nutrients from the human waste.
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Wednesday 30 July 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 2014 Agriculture and Fisheries Show will be held on August 6-23 in six islands except for the Ha’apai Group who are recovering from Tropical Cyclone Ian.
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Thursday 8 May 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
This year’s Royal Agricultural Show will be held in August, starting in Niuatoputapu on August 6 and ending in Tongatapu on August 23, Cabinet announced yesterday.
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Wednesday 7 May 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Putting fresh products onto supermarket shelves in other countries is a major challenge and a lot of things have to come together before Pacific Islands growers can successfully get a particular product over the market access line, said Annalize Struwig, visiting the PHAMA program in Tonga.
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Thursday 20 February 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is expanding its tourism industry branding, 'The Kingdom of Tonga, the True South Pacific' to include the marketing of its agricultural produces overseas.
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Friday 31 January 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vanilla promises to be a major source of revenue for Vava'u growers and their families, who are being encouraged to recover neglected plantations and plant new vines.
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Monday 30 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty-three Tongan graduates, including current fruit pickers under the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme to New Zealand, received their National Certificate in Horticulture during an inaugural graduation ceremony held last week, at the Tonga Maritime Polytechnic Institute compound in ‘Anana, Tonga. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Friday 10 May 2013
Apia, Samoa
Development of community-based milkfish farming in Tonga will be given a boost through a project under the FAO Technical Cooperation Programme.
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Thursday 9 May 2013
Neiafu, Vava'u
Vanilla growers in Tonga are being offered a partnership deal with an Australian family-owned food company, Queen Fine Foods, to help develop the production of high-quality Tongan vanilla in return for supply.
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Friday 8 February 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government has allocated $1 million to finance a new Agricultural Export Marketing Fund aimed at providing short term loans to exporters who buy exportable produce from farmers. Three agricultural produce exporting companies have been selected to access the funds.
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Friday 19 October 2012
Tonga's King Tupou VI

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has abundant food but it does not balance with our efforts to be active, and much fertile land was neglected, HM King Tupou VI said in opening Tongatapu's two-day Royal Agricultural Show 2012 at the Manamo'ui grounds in 'Atele, this afternoon Friday October 19. He urged Tongans to increase the acreage of land farmed from around 12 percent to make 50 percent of the land productive.
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Monday 15 October 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM King Tupou VI opened a one-day 'Eua Royal Agricultural Show 2012 on Friday, October 12 at the Malau 'o Vailahi grounds in Niu'eiki.
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Thursday 11 October 2012
'Ohonua, 'Eua
King Tupou VI will open the 'Eua Royal Agricultural Show 2012 at the Malau 'o Vailahi grounds in Angaha, tomorrow Friday October 12.
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Monday 8 October 2012
Pangai, Ha'apai
The first Royal Agricultural Show 2012 was opened by Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala at Lea'aetohi grounds in Pangai on Friday, October 5.
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Friday 14 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Royal Agriculture, Fisheries and Industries Show 2012 will be held in Tongatapu, 'Eua and Ha'apai in October. The show is an opportunity for farmers, fishermen and private sector businesses to display traditional Tongan foods, handmade handicrafts, seafood, fish and locally made products.
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Monday 19 December 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mangoes are slowly ripening-up on trees under the hot December sun, but despite what appears to be an abundant mango season, fewer mangoes will be left for humans after the C.g. fungus spoils flowers and premature fruit, and the flying foxes or fruit bats (pekas) take their share of what is left. Agricultural expert, Semisi Pone, reveals why the season of fruitfulness in Tonga is not what it used to be, and the serious threat posed by a fruit fungus.
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