New book claims yam “quickest root crop” to be planted and harvested

    Regarded as chiefly food and a delicacy by natives of the Island Kingdom of Tonga, growing yams or ‘ufi is a complex process requiring special skills and effort for its planting and upkeep.

    It took up to eight to nine month before they could be harvested.

    However, a new book written by Sione Tuʻitahi, the Executive Director, Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand claimed yam is one of the quickest root crops to be planted and harvested.

    Tuʻitahi would not give the details of the claim to Kaniva News but anyone who is interested could have everything they need to learn in the new book in Tongan with its title “Tōkanga ko e Moʻuiʻanga”.

    The book was written after Tuʻitahi interviewed Late Kiteau Tatafu of Ma’ufanga, one of Tonga’s great yam growers.

    Tatafu’s yams when harvested were exceptional in size and quality. He scooped many awards on numerous occasions especially when it came to Tonga’s Annual Royal Agricultural Show.

    Tuʻitahi said Tatafu’s prowess as a yam planter could have gone unrecorded if he did not have the opportunity to interview him.

    Tatafu died in May 2015.

    Tuʻitahi was a Tongan journalist working as a broadcaster at the Tonga Broadcasting Commission and also a reporter at the government sponsored newspaper Kalonikali Tonga. He moved with his family to New Zealand and continued his studies and teachings at some of the universities.

    He has written many books for children and adults as well as in education.

    Tuitahi
    The cover of the book. Photo/Supplied

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    1. Kuo fa’u pea tuku atu ‘e he Tonga ‘oku faiako mo ngaue he mala’e ‘o e mo’ui ‘i Nu’usila ‘a e tohi ki he ngoue ‘ufi ‘oku ui ko Tōkanga ko e Mo’ui’anga.

      Na’e fa’u ‘e Sione Tu’itahi ‘a e tohi fo’ou ni ‘o makatu’unga he ngaahi taukei ‘a e taha e kau fa’a ‘iloa ‘o Tonga he ngoue ‘ufi ko Kiteau Tatafu ‘o Ma’ufanga.

      “Na’a ku toki ‘ilo ko e ‘ufi ko e taha ia e ngoue vave taha, hili ‘eku fakapōtalanoa ki a Kiteau,” ko e fakamatala ‘a Sione. “Lahi e ngaahi ‘ilo tu’ufonua mahu’inga kuo luva mai ‘e Kiteau pea ‘e ‘aonga e tohi ni ki he kau ngoue mo e fanauako foki, pehē kiate kinautolu ‘oku nau mahu’inga’ia he ‘ilo tu’u fonua.”

      “Me’a mālie ‘a e lava hono faka’eke’eke ‘o Kiteau kimu’a pea si’i mālōlō ‘i Mē ’o e ta’u kuo ‘osi. Ne mei mole ‘a e ‘ilo lahi ko ia kapau na’e ‘ikai fai ha talanoa mo ia.”

      Ko Sione ko e faiongoongo mo e ‘ofisa fakamafolalea fuoloa ‘i Tonga ka na’a ne hiki ‘o toe ako pea faiako he ngaahi ‘univesiti mo e ako’anga ma’olunga ’i Nu’usila.

      Kuo ne ‘osi fa’u e ngaahi tohi talanoa ma’a e fanau, pehe ki he ngaahi tohi ma’a e kakai lahi, kae’uma’a ‘a e ngaahi tohi fakaako.

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