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Rains from TC Tino good for root crops – MAFF Director

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 20/01/2020

The Agriculture Director – Dr. Viliami Manu says despite the damaging rains and winds impact on the agriculture sector – it was more a good thing than a negative.

Manu says this morning they are still collecting data and reports from the outer islands but it is clear that the amount of rainfall the islands received in the cyclone would be beneficial for the agricultural sector despite the damage to the fruit trees, including breadfruit trees which provide one of the staple foods for the two Niuas therefore they are paying special attention to this area in the two Niuas.

There is also concern for the kava plantations as Manu warns if there follows an extended sunny period after this cyclone, there can be damage to the kava plantation. Manu says this had happened following cyclone Waka back in 2001 where the kava suffered badly but this time they will be closely watching the kava plantations to make sure it is not affected.



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