The relationship between the Governments of Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga – was strengthened with the recent export of livestock, facilitated by the Fijian Government, upon the request of the Tongan Government.
This comes after some livestock farmers, with the assistance of the Ministry of Agriculture, sent a livestock shipment worth 176,000 thousand dollars to Tonga – further enhancing existing cooperation between the two Pacific Island countries, and developing an export market.
Director Animal Health and Production – Avinesh Dayal said, local livestock farmers benefited from the export.
With the Ministry previously exporting livestock to Tonga once before, Dayal said the request paved an opportunity, for local livestock farmers to benefit directly from this venture, after having developed healthy relations with the Tongan Government.
The Ministry of Agriculture has now twice assisted the Governments of the Independent State of Samoa and the Kingdom of Tonga – through exports of livestock to both countries respectively.