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USD$2.34million Project launched today as part of the PREP program

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 02/03/2017

The Integrated land agro eco-system management project led by the Food and Agricultural Organization was launched this morning.

This is a USD$2.34 million project, funded by the Global Environment facility – GEF.

Food Agricultural Organization- FAO is leading the project, and is working closely with related stake holders from Government Ministries, Non-Government Organizations, Tupou College Toloa and Hango Agricultural College in ‘Eua.

Speaking to Radio and Television Tonga News, Dr. Viliami Fakava from FAO in Samoa says, they started working on the project in 2013 which aims at addressing pigs affecting the environment.

He adds this project will focus on ways that can address this issue, encouraging growers to grow various trees and plants such as coconut trees, sandalwood and others.

Dr. Viliami adds, they will start piloting the project in various villages, where they advise them on the importance of putting their pigs inside fences, not only to ensure that they do not spoil the environment but to also collect its waste to get bio gas for cooking food and others.

He then urged the locals on the importance of working together for a greener environment for Tonga.

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