4 Dec 2020

Trial shipments of Tongan watermelon to NZ

From , 5:02 am on 4 December 2020

Watermelon farmers in Tonga have shed tears of joy over the announcement their exports would be allowed into New Zealand again, on a trial basis.

New Zealand's Ministry for Primary Industries has issued a temporary approval permit, lifting a ban on Tongan watermelons that was put in place almost two months ago after fruit fly larvae was detected in a shipment.

Koro Vaka'uta has the details.

Water melon fruit bulk in fresh market, big ellipsoid-shaped and green colored tropical fruit

Photo: 123rf