Nishi Trading's SCHS approved pack house opened

    The first SCHS Certified facility to process and distribute quarantine export approved products in the Kingdom was officially opened yesterday by HRH Prince Tupoutoʻa ‘Ulukalala.

    The Nishi Trading Pack House has its SCHS certification approved by New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries and the HACCP certification by Telarc SAI Ltd.

    The certification is a milestone for Tonga especially, as it will allow Tongan farmer’s produce to be accepted as approved suppliers in the international market for fresh produce.

    The new Pack House has implemented a world standard food safety system to ensure the dispatch of food to accepted quality standards, giving international customers the confidence to purchase from Tongan farmers.

    Nishi Trading Managing Director, Minoru Nishi Jnr says “…it is of utmost importance that we ensure our produce is looked after from the fields of our small farmers to the plates of our customers”.

    Designed to international standards, the packing house is a high capacity processing and packing facility for fresh produce under HACCP certification and a Quality Management System as well as a distribution hub for local farming enterprises.  The facility includes areas for value added processing and it is expected to incorporate more processing equipment in the future as the business and markets expand.

    The design has a number of green elements including the ventilation system, insulation, lighting and low use of water.

    “We have the ability to produce with very low energy usage which will keep operating costs to a minimum, this and an efficient workforce will mean we will be internationally competitive on price and quality” Mr Nishi says.

    General Manager, Luke Berrell says “During the design phase we recognised the importance of scalability – this gives us the flexibility to manage large numbers of growers with small quantities through our Identity Preservation System to high volume output.  We have the capability to pack 6 containers simultaneously, which is important for our future export markets when we may need to supply up to 20 containers on 1 ship”

    The facility was part funded by the European Union funded IACT project, with the majority of funds provided by the private sector, and utilising the Nishi Quarry business for the supply of construction material.  Apart from the steel frame made by BHP Singapore all material, labour and suppliers were sourced in Tonga.

    Mr. Nishi says “We are very proud of what we have achieved and are focused on increasing export volumes and reduce the reliance on imported food.  We must improve food security through sustainable agriculture, selling our produce to the world and develop the food processing industry which will compete with importers of food.”

    Nishi Trading Co Ltd is a family owned Tongan business operating for more than 20 years that began as a commercial farm for exports and some imports and then diversified in the mid-2000’s to include a farming supplies retail store, a quarry for manufactured and construction materials and more recently a Pest Control Business.

    The company’s statement of purpose is “To help Tonga prosper”.

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    1. Kuo fakaava ‘i Tonga ʻe he Kautaha Nishi Trading ‘a e fuofua fale ke kofu ai e ngoué mo e ʻakaufuá ʻo huufi ʻeni ʻe he Tama Pilinisi Kalauní Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukālala ʻaneafi.

      Ko e fua falengāueʻanga ʻeni ki hono ngaohi mo kofu e koloa tautefito ki he ngoué kuó ne maʻu ha setifikeisoni ke hū lahiʻi ki tuʻapuleʻanga e ngaahi koloa ʻoku fiemaʻu ke tomuʻa siviʻi fakakolonitini pea toki tuku atú.

      Ko e setifikeiti ʻeni ʻa e ngāueʻanga foʻoú ni mei he Potungāue Primary Industries ʻa Nuʻu Silá pea mo e setifikeiti HACCP mei he kautaha Telarc SAI Ltd.

      Ko e makamaile ʻeni ki Tonga koeʻuhi he ʻoku tali fakavahaʻapuleʻanga ai ʻa e kau faama ʻi Tonga te nau ngāueʻaki ʻa e falé ni ke ʻoatu e fua ʻenau ngoué ki mulí.

      ʻOku maʻu ʻe he nāunau kuo fokotuʻu ʻaki e falé ni e tuʻunga ʻoku fie maʻu fakavahaʻapuleʻanga ki he hao ʻikai ha uesia e meʻakai ʻoku tufaki atu ʻe he kau ngoue Tongá ki he kau kasitomā ʻi mulí.

      Pehē ʻe he Talēkita Pule ʻo e kautahá ni, Minoru Nishi Jrn, ko e meʻa mahuʻinga taha ʻenau fakapapauʻi ʻoku tokangaʻi lelei e fua ʻo e fonuá mei he ngaahi ngoueʻanga ʻa e kau faama mei he fanga kiʻi faama iiki ʻa Tongá ʻi heʻene fononga mei ai ki he ngaahi peleti meʻakai ʻa ʻenau kau kasitomaá.

      Ko e fale ngāué ni naʻe fakapaʻanga hono konga ʻe he ʻIunioni ʻa ʻIulopé ʻo fakafou mai ʻi heʻene polōseki ʻokú ne fakapaʻanga ko e IACT mo e konga lahi mei he sekitoa taautahá pea tokoni lahi ʻa e tataʻanga maka ʻa e Kautaha Nishi ki he nāunau langá. Ko e ʻukamea sitilá ne ʻomi mei Singapoa pea ko e toengá ne hū pe ʻi Tonga.

      Ko e pisinisi ʻeni ʻa e fāmili Nishi talu ʻene lele ʻi he taʻu ʻe 20 kuohilí ʻa ia ne kamataʻaki pe ʻa e faama fakakomēsiale hū ki tuʻapuleʻanga pea kau ai mo hono hū fakapisinisi mai e ngaahi koloa mei muli ʻo fakatau atuʻ i Tonga. Ne toe liliu fakalahi ia ki mui ʻi he 2000 tupú ke fakakau ai ʻa e ngaahi nāunau ki he fāmá pehē ki he tataʻanga maka ki he langá pea ki muí ni mai hono fakalele ʻenau pisinisi ki he faitoʻo ki he ngaahi ʻinisēkite maumaú.

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