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Workshop underway in Nuku’alofa to growers on latest techniques of increasing productivity for agricultural produce exports

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 22/02/2017

It is vital to develop the knowledge and skills of growers on latest techniques of increasing productivity for agricultural produce exports.

This is the purpose of a workshop that’s currently underway in Nuku’alofa, funded by the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access programme or PHAMA.

Speaking to Radio and Television Tonga News, Melanie Dingle a Quality System Advisor from the Market Access solution of NZ who’s facilitating the program says, the training aims at providing initiatives for growers to ensure that fruit flies will never enter NZ.

“…They want to understand what they need to do because there’s been a few changes and there’s a little bit of confusion so we want that to be clear on what the requirements are so they know what to do to go forward”, says Melanie Dingle.

She says, this is to not only ensure that fruit flies don’t make it to New Zealand but enable growers to export their produce to overseas market.

Meanwhile Peioneti Anford Lui of the Quarantine department says, they’re currently implementing a new system known as the 101 system to address the issue.

The new system tries to verify every commodity that have been treated under the Hot Temperature Forces air HTFA treatment and the necessary processes taking place starting from the grower until it reaches the market.

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