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Wednesday 12 September 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ministry of Agriculture is stepping into the Squash Industry for the first time this year, as one of the growers, in order to boost declining squash production.
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Friday 20 July 2007
Geneva, Switzerland
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are urging all countries to strengthen their food safety systems and to be far more vigilant with food producers and traders.
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Thursday 19 April 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On the eve of the signing of a New Zealand Regional Seasonal Employer (RSE) work scheme, the wisdom of encouraging thousands of Tonga's best agricultural workers to leave the country has been questioned by commercial farmers here.
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Thursday 19 October 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first shipment of Tongan squash bound for Japan and a new market Korea departed Nuku...’alofa on Saturday October 14 with 2,108 tonnes of squash, but a disappointingly low yield is expected this year.
Tuesday 3 October 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first shipment of Tongan squash for 2006 to Japan and a new market Korea will leave Nuku'alofa next week with 2,300 tonnes of squash.
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Tuesday 8 August 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan squash exports could reach 12,600 tonnes this year, the Secretary General of the Tonga Squash Council, Stephen Edwards estimated at the end of the squash-planting season this week, more than the 12560 tonnes exported last year.
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Tuesday 20 June 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga this year has secured a second market for its squash, Korea, and it is hoped this will encourage growers who have lost confidence after their worst year in 2005.
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Thursday 22 December 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan squash growers hoping for some Christmas cash will be disappointed as the payments for this year' sqaush exports will not be made by the exporters to the growers until next year.
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Wednesday 2 November 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The fifth and the final shipment of Tongan squash is expected to leave Tonga for Japan on November 12.
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Thursday 6 October 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first shipment of Tongan squash to Japan for 2005 will leave Nuku‘alofa at the end of next week with 3200 tonnes of Tongan squash.
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Thursday 5 May 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After Tonga's squash growers this week became totally confused over how the new Consumption Tax applied to their businesses, the Minister of Finance has come out and promised them exemption from the CT on agricultural imports.
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Saturday 22 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mangoes for breakfast, mangoes for lunch, and mangoes for dinner - we have mangoes dropping on our heads and squashing under our feet in Tongatapu this month.
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Monday 29 November 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
When the last squash ship left Nuku‘alofa early this month for Japan it concluded the 2004 squash season. Tonga exported a total of 13,00 tones to Japan this year.
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Thursday 16 September 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first shipment of Tongan squash for Japan for 2004 is expected to leave Nuku'alofa in early October, but this year the Tonga Squash Council takes control of the Squash Industry, and is setting a maximum of 16,500 tonnes for export.
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Wednesday 18 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Queen Halaevalu Mata‘aho will officially open Tonga's 2004 Agricultural and Industrial Show at Angaha, Niuafo‘ou, on August 25.
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Thursday 4 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Development Bank will allocate a $2.5 million fund to be made available for loans to squash growers this year, according to the bank's Commercial Loans Manager, Simi Sefanaia.
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Wednesday 4 February 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After weeks of wrangling over the proposed $6.3 million loan by Tongatapu squash exporters, from the Tonga Development Bank, $2 million has been approved.
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Tuesday 30 December 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s annual squash exports for Japan could reach 20,000 tonnes, but people in the industry in November were predicting the price will plummet this year to a disappointing low of between 20 and 15 seniti per kilo. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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Tuesday 30 December 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s export market for its treasured yams would increase if Tonga and its main trading partners New Zealand and Australia could agree on ways to eliminate fumigation for this product, say exporters in Nuku‘alofa. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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Monday 29 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Squash Exporters' Council is seeking a $6 million loan for the purpose of compensating squash growers who were hurt by low returns from their sale of squash to Japan this year.
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