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Wednesday 29 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s watermelon export crops will soon benefit from smart irrigation systems and improved cold storage, following a new partnership signed between Nishi Trading Company Limited and the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Plus (PHAMA Plus) Program, supported by Australia and New Zealand.
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Monday 20 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Local exporters will benefit from improved access to timely fumigation services, following a new partnership recently signed between the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests (MAFF) and the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Plus (PHAMA Plus) Program. The new partnership will enhance the capacity and efficiency of fumigation services in Tonga.
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Thursday 16 May 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A mei (breadfruit) festival was held to celebrate the versatility of breadfruits as stable and resilient food crop for Tonga, with the theme, “Our actions on Mei for Health, Education and Economic Development are our future.”
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Tuesday 5 March 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Awarded the title of ‘Best Vanilla Farmer’, Inoke Maama who was a previous winner, received awards for the Best Quality 1kg Vanilla Beans and the Longest Mature Bean, in a Vanilla Awards event held last week in Neiafu, Vava’u.
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Thursday 23 November 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Circular Economy System (Tonga CES) aims to develop a zero-waste system, that might potentially provide Tonga with renewable energy, and food - such as poultry and corn.
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Tuesday 7 November 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A group of agricultural researchers led by Professor Dorin Gupta from the University of Melbourne, have established a research site at Haveluloto, Tonga, called the “Mother Site”, to develop their Sustainable Agricultural Intensification Project (SAI), focusing on improving traditional farming practices.
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Monday 16 October 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The biggest hog farm in Tonga, Season Farm at 'Utulau, is raising over 200 commercial swines (sinamanu) and 5000 piglets. Owners, Lu and Emily Lin, led a tour around the farm with the Minister for Agriculture, Food, and Forest, Lord Fohe, and CEO Dr. Viliami Toalei Manu, on 13 October. They hope that locally farmed meat can help reduce Tonga's high imports of poultry.
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Tuesday 19 September 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Food and Agriculture Organization's Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Pacific, Ms Xiangjun Yao, visited the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Fekitamoeloa ‘Utoikamanu, on 8 September, in Nuku’alofa.
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Wednesday 13 September 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan agricultural exporters, Nishi Trading have started trialling air freight shipments of produce, an approach to ensure that fresh quality exports reach customers and markets in New Zealand.
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Saturday 26 August 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A two day workshop this week in Tongatapu focused on food safety and nutrition standards in Tonga and safeguarding the health and well-being of communities. It launched the Codex Trust Fund project in Tonga, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO), Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests (MAFF), and the Ministry of Health.
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Tuesday 8 August 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
One of two demonstration Organic Learning Farms, the Mahuleva Farm on Tongatapu was launched today, 8 August 2023. Another in Vava’u, the ‘Ovava Farm, will be launched soon.
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Monday 19 June 2023
Agricultural Show

'Eua, Tonga
King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau'u toured the Royal Agricultural, Fisheries, Tourism and Trade Show at the Mala’e Niu’eiki at Angaha, ‘Eua, despite the rainy weather and muddy environment, on Saturday 17 June 2023.
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Monday 19 June 2023
PHAMA Plus

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Development of trade in fresh watermelons from Tonga to New Zealand is being supported by the Tonga Watermelon Export Taskforce (TWET) and the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Plus (PHAMA Plus) program, through training and skills development conducted in June on Tongatapu.
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Sunday 11 June 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongatapu's Royal Agriculture, Fisheries, Tourism and Trade Show enjoyed sunshine, on Saturday June 10, after a few days of rain had muddied the Manamo’ui Showgrounds. King Tupou VI presented the awards for the best in each category.
Friday 9 June 2023
IFAD

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Regional Director for the Asia-Pacific division at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Reehana Rifat Raza, made an inaugural visit to Tonga this week, after taking up her position on 20 May 2022.  She said that the two-day visit, underscored IFAD's commitment to expanding its engagements with its portfolio in the Asia-Pacific region, with Tonga, Fiji and Kiribati being a focal point of interest.
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Tuesday 6 June 2023
Tonga soil

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Soil samples taken after the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha'apai volcanic eruption and tsunamis showed that seawater had directly impacted soil salinity and crop growth in the Kanokupolu area on western Tongatapu and by September 2022 the salt had moved down to the subsoil. Local soil scientist, Dr. Halavatau told researchers that the impact on the soil remained a concern due to the salt changing its structural stability.
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Tuesday 30 May 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Royal Agriculture, Fisheries, Tourism and Trade Show for Tongatapu scheduled for this weekend has been postponed until 10 June, and the 'Eua show is postponed until 17 June, in respect of the passing of HRH Princess Mele Siu'ilikutapu. Her funeral is to be held in Tonga soon.
Tuesday 30 May 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New tool boxes containing tools and equipment for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests, gifted by Australia, will help with the ongoing maintenance of vehicles and tractors that are used in land preparation for farmers.
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Thursday 18 May 2023
Seeds training

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A ‘Save our Seeds’ training was held for farmers and agricultural representatives this week in the launch of a 'Pacific Seeds for Life' program that aims at achieving food security in Tonga.
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Thursday 9 February 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
1000 harvesting bins were handed over to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forest to be distributed to farmers and minimize post-harvest damage and loss of produce.
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