Honourable Minister for Agriculture and Food & Forests

Hon Minister


    • 31 December 2014 to date:

      Appointed as Minister for Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries

    • 27 November 2014 to date:

      Elected Peoples’ Representative, Legislative Assembly of Tonga

    • 2008 – 2014:

      Worked as Freelance Fisheries Consultant, Region

    • 1990 – 2007: Commonwealth Secretariat, London, United Kingdom.

As an Adviser (Agriculture and Fisheries), he was responsible for the planning, development, administration and management of fisheries and agriculture development assistance programmes (85% fisheries and 15% agriculture) that were delivered in the 49 Commonwealth developing member countries in Africa, Asia, Caribbean and South Pacific regions.

    • 1973 – 1990: Fisheries Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Government of the Kingdom of Tonga.

Started work with the Government of Tonga in 1972 as a Agriculture Extension Officer.  Joined a fisheries expert from the United Kingdom and two other local staff in 1973 to establish the country’s first Fisheries Division within the then Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Became the head of the Fisheries Division, as Principal Fisheries Officer,during 1982 – 1990.


    • 1992 – 1993:

      Diploma in Business English, Business Training Ltd,United Kingdom

    • 1979 – 1982:

      B.Sc. (Hons) Degree in Fisheries Science,Plymouth Polytechnic, United Kingdom

    • 1973 – 1974:

      Diploma in Fisheries Management, Grimsby College of Technology, United Kingdom

    • 1969 – 1972:

      Diploma in Tropical Agriculture,Vudal Agriculture College, Papua New Guinea

Address: Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries

P.O. Box 14, Nuku’alofa, KINGDOM OF TONGA
Tel: +676 23-038 ext 202
DDI: +676 27-400
Fax: +676 27-401
E-mail: Hon Semisi Fakahau