4 Feb 2016

Tonga's Prince launches new sustainable agriculture

6:48 pm on 4 February 2016

Tonga's Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala has launched a pilot agricultural development project this week which aims to demonstrate sustainable agriculture to Tongans.

The project, which is a collaboration between Tonga and Thailand, will run for three years on an eight-acre section of land at the Royal Estate, the Villa.

Losaline Ma'asi, the CEO of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forest and Fisheries, told Matangi Tonga the project will include the growing of various fruit crops and fruit trees and will extend to initiatives such as fish farming ponds.

She says it will be similar to Chinese projects that had been piloted in Tonga with the Ministry, aimed to assist food security and livelihood of local families.

It is expected the project will lead to the set up of a learning centre for sustainable development in Tonga.