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Local produce export in decline, since TC Gita in 2018

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 13/01/2020

The Agricultural sector is still suffering from the impacts of TC Gita in 2018 and as a result, the Ministry is still recording a decline in the amount of exported produce.

CEO of Agriculture – Dr Viliami Manu says the major impact is mostly on the coconuts.

The coconut and Tongan kava roots were impacted since the drought season in late 2015 to 2016 and were also badly affected by the cyclone.

The estimated cost of damage in the agricultural sector from Gita was 5.1 million pa’anga according to the figures shown on the Post Disaster rapid assessment by the Government of Tonga.

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