Tractors to help farmers in outer islands

Farmers in ‘Eua and Niuafo’ou are expected to receive refurbished agricultural tractors to help them farm more lands and grow more crops.

Three of the four Massey Ferguson tractors would be taken to ‘Eua while one goes to Niuafo’ou. They will be shipped shortly.

The tractors, worth TP$128,873.71 in total, were purchased through fund donated by the people of the islands and part funded by the Tongan government through Tonga Rural Innovation Project as well as  the International Funds for Agricultural Development.

A statement from Tonga's Ministry of Forestry and Fisheries says: “ These machineries are greatly needed in ‘Eua to improve small scale farmers’ production especially as market access is a priority to the farmers to export their products.

“Farmers are also seeing the benefits of vanilla production as they worked together with Heilala Vanilla this year which the search for the tractors in New Zealand was made possible through Heilala Vanilla Company.

“Niuafo’ou has made a great impression at this year’s Royal Agriculture Show and their new tractor will give farmers a boost in their production and open new opportunities for their economic benefit”.  

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  1. Oku ‘amanaki ke ‘oatu ha ngaahi palau ngoue ne toki fai hano fakafo’ou ki ‘Eua mo Niuafo’ou ke tokoni ke toe lahi ange kelekeleke ‘oku nau ngoue’i mo e ngoue ‘oku nau too. Ko e tolu ‘o e ngaahi palau ko ‘eni faa ‘e ‘alu ia ki ‘Eua pea taha ki Niuafoou. ‘Oku fakakatoa ‘a e mahu’inga ‘o e ngaahi palau ni ki he pa’anga ‘e TP$128,873.71 pea ko e fakapa’anga pe ia ‘e he kakai ‘o e ongo motua ni kae tokoni’i hono konga ‘e he pule’anga ‘i he’ene poloseki fakapa’anga ‘oku ui koe Tonga Rural Innovation pea pehe ki he International Funds for Agricultural Development. Pehe mei he potu ngaue Me’atokoni, Toutai mo e Vaotataa ‘oku fu’u fiema’u ‘a e ngaahi misini ko ‘eni ‘i Eua ke langa hake ‘a e ngaahi faama iiki tautefito ki hono feinga’i ken au fafanga e maketi ki he uta ki tu’apule’anga. ‘Oku toe sio foki ‘a e kau ngoue ki he vanilla hange ko ia foki kuo hu atu ‘a e kautaha Heilala Vanila mei Nu’u Sila ‘o ‘i ai ‘a e faingamalie ai ki he uta ki muli. Na’e lelei ‘aupito e faka’ali’ali ngoue ‘a Niuafo’ou he ta’u ni pea ‘e tokoni ‘a e palau ko ‘eni ke hiki’i e tu’unga ko ia.

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