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Livestock division continues its efforts to reduce imported meat

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 27/05/2019

The Minister of Agriculture this morning officially opened a five-day training for the local growers aiming at reducing imported meat.

Hon. Losaline Ma’asi said, there’s hope the training will further enhance the capabilities of local growers especially in the livestock division to minimize the amount of imported meat products to Tonga and to encourage the locals to consume more local products as it is healthier.

Ma’asi says about 80 percent of the country’s population relies heavily on agricultural products, fisheries and livestock thus the need for the participants to use the technical knowledge and skills from the training to produce more local products.

An international consultant from the Food & Agriculture Organization Dr Siosifa Fifita says, this training will contribute so much to the country.

Fifita says he understands Tonga has a traditional way of looking after the animals but this new method will be more effective and efficient.

The program is funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

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