China and Tonga continue squash exports talk

Chinese Ambassador  H.E. Huang Huaguang and Tonga’s MAFF minister Hon. Sēmisi Fakahau held a meeting in Nukuʻalofa yesterday as part of Tonga’s attempt to export its squash to China.

A statement from the minister’s office said: “ it’s quite promising that Tongan squash could reach Chinese market later this year, which would be a landmark for China-Tonga cooperation in agricultural sector and would bring benefits to the local farmers and companies”.

Semisi Fakahau
H.E. Huang Huaguang, Chinese Ambassador in Tonga and Hon. Semisi Fakahau, Minister for Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Fisheries of Tonga (MAFFF) discussing Tongan squash to be exported to China at the MAFFF headquarter. Photo/MIC

A team of Chinese arrived in Tonga at the end of 2015 to assess Tonga’s squash and to make sure it does not present a “high risk” for food safety and biosecurity.

One of their requirements was that Tonga’s squash has to be clean to a high standard, throughout the growing, packing and export process.

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