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King stressed the significance to empower the agricultural sector

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa ,30/07/2018

Tongatapu Royal Agricultural Show concluded this year’s at the Funga Manamo’ui Ground last Saturday. Hundreds were at the scene to be part of the annual event and to explore the people’s finest products and produce.

Before Their Majesties inspect the individual stalls the King delivered the key note address to officially open the program.

The King acknowledged God’s guidance for enabling everyone to attend the event, the final Royal Agricultural Show for 2018.

His Majesty said there’s not doubt on the people’s living standard because it has been witnessed that food security in Tongatapu and outer islands was satisfactory.

The King said that the sectors of agriculture and fisheries are still recovering from the impacts of TC Gita.

He acknowledged the initiative from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Fisheries in ensuring that the environment including the land and water are safe and secured.

He also acknowledged other initiatives they have made to build the growers’ capabilities on farming to withstand the negative impacts of climate change.

His Majesty highlighted the need to ensure that the source of income is secured as well as food security, the need to build the capabilities of local growers in practicing modern technology and the practice of new seedlings.

The King said there’s hope that the local produce can cater for the needs in the local and international markets.

His Majesty also thanked everyone for their hard work for enabling Tongatapu’s Royal Agricultural Show to take place.The reply to the address was delivered by the Deputy Prime Minister – Semisi Sika.

Sika said, the Government is working to ensure public’s resilience to withstand the negative impacts of climate change.

Tongatapu Royal Agricultural show wrapped up all the Agricultural shows for 2018 with the theme  Kina ‘Umu tali ki tahi, and it means a good hope for the future despite the uncertainty of the situation.

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