World Food Day is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger. This is held annually on 16th October of which people from around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate worldwide hunger from our lifetime.
Here in Tonga, Food is part of our culture as it is involved in every Tongan traditional occasion from Birthdays to Funerals. It is only right, that this day should be celebrated, promoted and made aware to the people of Tonga the vitality of ensuring food safety and understanding that we are lucky to have such variety of food in a world that is battling world hunger. This is a light that Tonga has and should share with the world.
World Food Day is an annual event hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries which was successfully delivered at Queen Salote Memorial Hall located at Taufa’ahau Road, Nuku’alofa.The World Food Day observance was honored to have the Acting Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. SioneVunaFa’otusia as the guest of honor for the day. Special guests such as the NZ High Commissioner, HE Tiffanny Babington and other cabinet Ministers attended the event. Exhibitions of food and local food produce was displayed on that day by Stakeholders, Women and Youth Groups in Agriculture, Food Industries and Fisheries.
The World Food Day program started in the traditional way a hymn lead by Free Wesleyan Church Youth, “UloAtuChoir” from Tu’atakilangi followed by a prayer by Rev. SelaNa’aLatu, FWC Former President of Education.
The participation of Government Primary Schools from Longolongo and Kolomotu’a were of great significance to the guests as these children delivered Skits, poems, songs and costumes made of food materials to emphasize on healthy food. As healthy food and physical activity are equally important to health, a Zumba led by Instructor from the Ministry of Health which enjoyed by all including Ministers and guests at the World Food Day celebration.
Highlight of the World Food Day is the tour of the exhibits by Guest of Honour, Ministers and guests. They witness the range of food products, local dishes, home grown vegetables, new ideas in food preparation and presentation by stakeholders, food processors, women and youth groups and NGOs.
The day ended with giving out of certificates to winners of the World Food Day competitions from food production to food preparation at household and commercial levels.
‘Mai e Nima initiative that encourages Class 5 students to cook healthy meals with locally grown produce and enhance awareness on nutritional value has added an element of healthy competition to really boost its in school activities. Four primary schools from Hahake, Tongatapu compete in a thrilling cook-off on Friday 23/08/2019 at Nuku’alofa.
All the government primary schools in the Hahake region were given the opportunity to participate in the competition, and of those applications received the following four schools made the final cut; Fu’amotu, Kolonga, Tu’aliku ‘o Pilolevu and Malapo. Entries were selected based on dishes nutritional content, creativity, innovation and ease of preparation at home by students.
The competition is being made possible by The Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the Nishi Foundation. The Competition held at Ministry of Agriculture, Women’s Division Kitchen, Vaiola Motu’a.
The first prize awarded to Fu’amotu Government Primary Schools, The second Prize awarded to Kolonga Government Primary School and the Third prize awarded to Malapo and Tu’aliku ‘o Pilolevu Government Primary Schools.
Na’e lava lelei e Maa’imoa Faka’ali’ali Ngoue ‘a e vahefonua Tongatapu ki he 2019 ‘a ia na’e fakahoko ‘i he mala’e Funga Manamo’ui ‘i ‘Atele. Ko e kamata eni’a e maa’imoa faka’ali’ali ngoue ‘i he Vahefonua Tongatapu koe fakamanatu e ‘aho a’lo’i ‘o ‘ene ‘afio Kingi Tupou 6. Koe kaveinga ‘o e faka’ali’ali ngoue ki he ta’uni koe TO’U KAI MO HONO LOHU. ‘I he to folofola ‘a ‘ene ‘afio na’ane folofola ‘o pehe koe pole lahi taha kiate kitautolu he ‘aho ni koe feliuliuaki e ‘ea pea ‘oku ne uesia e me’a kotoa. Pea kuo pau leva ketau ngaue’aki ha ngaahi founga fe’unga mo tuha moe anga ‘o e ‘ea ‘o ‘ikai koe founga maheni pe. Koe founga leva ko e TO KE LAHI ‘AE NGOUE, TO KE LAHI ‘A E ‘AKAU FUA PEA MO E NIU. Kuo pau ketau poto aupito mo mohu founga kae lava ketau mo’ui ‘i he tukuga fo’ou koeni. Na’a ne toe folofola ‘o pehe ko e taimi eni ke tokonaki fakakaukau pea mohu founga pea ngaue’i, tanaki e fanau ke fakahinohino, ako’i mo tala ‘a e ngaahi founga ke nau mo’ui ai mo malu’i ‘a e famili.
Koe katoanga faka’ofo’ofa mo fakaholomamata ‘aupito e lava mai ‘a e kau fa’a ‘o tokanga o faka’ali’ali e fua ‘enau ngoue moe kau tangata ‘o ngatai pea ‘ikai ngata ai koe toe faka’ali’ali he kau fefine mei falehanga honau nima moe ngaue ne lava. ‘E hoko atu e maa’imoa faka’ali’ali ngoue ki he VAHEFONUA HA’APAI ‘i he ‘aho 16 ‘o Siulai,VAHEFONUA VAVA’U ‘i he ‘aho 19, NIUAFO’OU ‘i he ‘aho 23 moe 24, NIUATOPUTAPU ‘i he ‘aho 25 moe 26 pea toki ta tuku ki he FUNGA FONUA ki ‘Eua ‘i he ‘aho 1 ‘o ‘Aokosi 2019.
VAHEFONUA TONGATAPU: ‘Aho 21 moe 22 ‘o Sune 2019.
Feitu’u: Manamo’ui, ‘Atele
VAHEFONUA HA’APAI: ‘Aho 16 Siulai 2019
Feitu’u: Mala’e Lea’aetohi
VAHEFONUA VAVA’U: ‘Aho 19 Siulai 2019
Feitu’u: Mala’e Niponi
VAHEFONUA NIUAFO’OU: ‘Aho 23-24 Siulai 2019
Feitu’u: Mala’e Latufuipeka
VAHEFONUA NIUATOPUTAPU: ‘Aho 25-26 Siulai 2019
Feitu’u: Mala’e Matangimalie
VAHEFONUA ‘EUA: ‘Aho 1 ‘Aokosi 2019
Feitu’u: Mala’e Niu’eiki
Koe ngaahi ‘aho eni moe feitu’u ‘e fakahoko ki ai e maa’imoa faka’ali’ali ngoue ‘o e 2019. Ko hono kaveinga koe TO’U KAI MO HONO LOHU.
Joint program by Food Division, MAFF, Health Promotion Unit & MOH.
This morning the Ministry of Agriculture hosts a ceremony in Recognition of Health Promotion Screening Program of Jan – Nov, 2018.
Certificates of achievement were awarded to the following as a result of the program
1st place : Mr. ‘Elisaia Ika
2nd place : Mrs. Malina Lolo
3rd place : Mrs Sesalina Lavemai
Dr. Kami is going to attend the 5th Steering Committee meeting for the International Year of Plant Health 2020 in Rome,Italy. This meeting purpose is to increase and improvements in trade of agricultural produce, agricultural production, improving economy. According to Dr. Kami this 5th meeting will be focused on planning activities internationally, regionally and nationally for the YEAR for PLANT HEALTH 2020. This travel will be fully funded by IPPC Secretariat and it will start from the 14th to the 15th of February 2019. While Dr.Kami absence the Deputy OIC of Quarantine and Quality Management Division will be in charge.
Dr.Kami and Mr.Sione Foliaki attended the ACIAR end of project HORT: 2010-065 review and ICM-2 Project Advisory Group (PAG) meeting which was held in Suva, Fiji from the 14th to the 18th of January. These projects are on the management pests and diseases the utilization of plant clinics on agricultural crops plus identifying the emerging threats to Tonga in terms of pests and diseases and provide strategic response plans. This meeting was fully funded by ACIAR.
ÓKU ÓATU ‘A E FANONGONONGO SAVEA NGOUE KI HE VAHEFONUATONGATAPU. KO E KOLE ENI MEI HE PULE LAHI Ó E POTUNGAUE NGOUE, MEÁTOKONI MO E VAOTATA KI HE KAU NGOUE KOTOA ÓE VAHE FONUA TONGATAPU. KE MOU KATAKI FAKAMOLEMOLE ANGE MUÁ ‘E LAVA ATU HA KAU ÓFISA NGOUE MEI HE POTUNGAUE KE FAKAHOKO HANO SAVEAÍ Ó E NGOUE Ó KAU AI E ÁKAU FUA PEA MO E FANGA MONUMANU (HUFANGA FAKATAPU) Í HO ÁPI ÚTA PE NGOUEÁNGA.
KO E SAVEA KO ÉNI ÓKU KAMATA IA Í HE ÁHO 11 Ó SANUALI, 2019 KI HE FAKAÓSINGA Ó E MAHINA NI.
KATAKI KAE FAKAFAINGAMALIEÍ ANGE MUA HO ÁPI ÚTA KAE LAVA Á E SAVEA KO ÉNI KE FAKAHOKO.
FANONGONONGO IA MEI HE PULE LAHI Ó E POTUNGAUE NGOUE, MEÁTOKONI MO E VAOTATA.
Ko ho’o folau kotoa pe ki Nu’usila mo ha fa’ahinga me’atokoni kuo pau ke ke ‘ave ia kimu’a ho’o folau, ke vakai ki ai e kau ‘Inisipekita ‘a e Potungaue MAFF moe MoF‘a Tonga, ke fakapapau’i ‘oku ke fa’o pe ‘a e ngaahi me’a kuo fakangofua ke ke folau mo ia. ‘E vave ange ai ngaue ‘a e kau ‘Inisipekita ‘ae Potungaue Biosecurity ‘a Nu’usila mo ho’o hu kitu’a mei he mala’evakapuna.
Ko e ha ‘a e ngaahi me‘a ‘oku fakangofua?
‘Ave ho’o puha me’atokoni ke sivi ‘e he kau ngaue ‘a e MAFF pe MoF kimu’a ‘i ho’o mavahe mei he mala’e vakapuna Fua’amotu. Kapau ‘e fakangofua ‘a e me’atokoni, ‘e sila’i ‘e he kau ngaue ‘a e MAFF pe koe MoF ‘a ho’o puha me’atokoni ‘aki ha sitika faka’ataa (compliance sticker). Oku ‘uhinga ia he ‘ikai toe fiema’u ke fakahoko ha sivi ho’o puha me’atokoni kuo sila’i ‘i ho’o tu’uta ki Nu’usila.
Ko e ni‘ihi ‘o e ngaahi me‘atokoni kuo fakangofua ke fa’o he puha ‘oku kau ki ai ‘a e:
Kapau ko e me’atokoni ‘oku ‘ikai kau he ngaahi me’a kuo ‘osi fakangofua, e ala lava ke ‘oatu ‘e he MAFF ha la’i tohi (Phytosanitary Certificate) ke fakapapau’i oku hao mei ha mahaki, inisekite, pea mo ma’a foki. Ko e ngaahi me’a ko ‘eni e kei fiema’u ke fai hano sivi ‘e he kau Inisipekita Biosecurity ‘i Nu’usila.
*Fakatokanga‘i ange – ‘E kei filifili pe ‘e he Biosecurity New Zealand ha ngaahi puha me’atokoni kuo’osi sila’i’aki ‘a e sitika (compliance sticker) o fai hano sivi ko e konga pe ia ‘enau ngaue ki he malu ‘a e fonua. ‘E ala ‘eke ‘e he MAFFF ha totongi ki he siví, kātaki ‘o vakai‘i ‘eni meí he ngaahi potungāue ma‘umafai ‘i Tongá.
Ko e ha ‘a e ngaahi me‘a ‘oku ‘ikai fakangofua?
Manatu‘i, ko e ngaahi me‘atokoni mo e koloa ‘oku mātu‘aki tapui ke ‘ave ki Nu’usila ‘oku kau ki ai ‘a e:
Ngaahi me‘atokoni pea mo e koloa ‘oku fakangatangata ‘a hono hu atu ki Nu’usila ‘i he malumalu ‘o e CITES ‘oku kau ki ai ‘a e:
Ki hono ngaahi fakaikiiki
Vakai ki he www.mpi.govt.nz/Tonga Telefoni ki he MAFF: 25427, MoF 25629 A‘u atu ki he ‘Ulu‘i ‘Ōfisi ‘o e MAFF pe MoF:
MAFF: Hala Vuna, Uafu Kuini Salote, Nuku’alofa
MoF : Sopu, Vuna Rd, Nuku’alofa.
The Theme for world food day 2018 is ”OUR ACTION ARE OUR FUTURE. A ZERO HUNGER WORLD BY 2030 IS POSSIBLE” World food day is celebrated every year on the 16th of October to commemorate the founding of FAO in 1945. This world food day marks the 73rd anniversary of FAO’s founding. Tonga is joining more than 150 countries across the world in support of the FAO’s mission to use the world food day events to raise awareness and to gather greater support and understanding to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.
Memorandum of Understanding was signed on October 4 in Nuku’alofa, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the New Zealand Government, Ministry For Primary Industries and The Tonga Government, Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries. The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to acknowledge the intention of MPI, MAFF and MoF to explore opportunities for cooperation and working more closely to manage biosecurity risks at New Zealand’s border.