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Ministry sends livestock shipment to Tonga

November 22, 2018 5:23 pm

The Ministry of Agriculture sent a livestock shipment worth $176, 000 to Tonga further enhancing existing cooperation between the two countries.

Director Animal Health and Production, Avinesh Dayal says a total of 10 pigs, 50 sheep and 100 goats from 8 farms were sold and farmers benefitted by receiving attractive prices for their animals, which they can reinvest back into their respective farms.

Dayal says they have gained invaluable experience in facilitating the exports through the negotiation of protocols and in the future, more farmers can benefit from this exercise seeing as a pathway or protocol for Tongan export of livestock has been developed.

He says the request paved an opportunity for local livestock farmers to benefit directly from this venture after having developed healthy relations with the Tongan Government.

Meanwhile, livestock farmer Samisoni Manewa of Tavua says he’s grateful that the Ministry approached him to supply his livestock as the revenue he has generated through his stock will greatly assist him in meeting the targets he has set out to achieve next year.