The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests hereby invite interested candidates within and outside the Public Service to apply for the following job vacancies:

Interested applicants are required to submit their applications together with the following supporting documents:

*Covering letter, Updated Curriculum Vitae and References, Certified certificates and academic transcript, Valid police record and birth certificate.

All applications are to be addressed to the A/CEO for Agriculture, Food and Forests, Office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests (MAFF), Ma’ufanga and to be received no later than 4:30pm, Thursday 23rd September,2021.

Public Service employees who wish to apply must submit their applications with endorsement of their respective Chief Executive Officers.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Should you require a copy of the Job description please contact the MAFF Office at telephone number :7401 – 101/ 7401-115 or email Mrs. Kalati M Hafoka: latimau@gmail.com or Mrs. Katinia Sole: ilaivahanitoni.sole@gmail.com during working hours.



The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests hereby invite interested candidates within and outside the Public Service to apply for the following job vacancy: Interested applicants are required to submit their applications together with the following supporting documents: Covering letter, Updated Curriculum Vitae and References, Certified certificates and academic transcript, valid police record and birth certificate. All applications are to be addressed to the A/CEO for Agriculture, Food and Forests, Office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests (MAFF), Ma’ufanga and to be received no later than 4:30pm, Wednesday 16th September, 2021.

Public Service employees who wish to apply must submit their applications with endorsement of their respective Chief Executive Officers. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Should you require a copy of the Job description please contact the MAFF Office at telephone number : 7401 – 101/ 7401-115 or email Mrs. Kalati M Hafoka: latimau@gmail.com or Mrs. Katinia Sole: ilaivahanitoni.sole@gmail.com during working hours.

Lord Tu’ilakepa, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

GOVERNMENT OF TONGA

MEDIA RELEASE

“Lord Tu’ilakepa delivers Tonga’s National Statement at the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit”

Back Row : Mr. Pau Likiliki ( FAO’s Representative), Mrs. Leody Vainikolo (Acting CEO, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests), Mr. Sione Hufanga (United Nation Country Coordination Specialist), Mr. ‘Isileli ‘Aholelei (Head of Food Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests), Dr. Siola’a Malimali (Deputy CEO, Ministry of Fisheries), Dr. Vailala Matoto (National Food System Consultant)
Front Row : Lord Tu’ilakepa, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forests

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forests and Minister for Fisheries who is also the UN Convener for the Tonga National Food System Summit Dialogue; delivered Tonga’s National Statement at the Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit. 

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forests and Minister for Fisheries who is also the UN Convener for the Tonga National Food System Summit Dialogue; delivered Tonga’s National Statement at the Pre-Summit of the UN Food Systems Summit. 

The pre-summit hosts by the headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome from 26-28July, 2021. 

Lord Tu`ilakepa said,

From the outset of 2021, Tonga is faced with the common Global challenges of the pandemic Covid-19, Non-Communicable Diseases, or NCDs, and changes to our climate. These challenges have already severely affected 10% of our local businesses, and we are living in the most critical era. Therefore, the Kingdom of Tonga is insisting that UN members must work arm in arm to help mitigate these global crises”.

The Minister added that Food System and Nutritious Food is very important for Tonga.

“Tonga is one of the very few lucky countries that is still free from Covid-19. However, we are being victimized by NCDs since the last few decades. More than 70% mortality is from NCDs, therefore, the subject of Food System and Nutritious Food is very important for our people if we need to decrease the sky high rates of NCDs”.

Lord Tu`ilakepa took the opportunity to highlight on the outcomes of the National Food System Dialogue:

“Tonga is a small country with a population of over 100,000. Our Economy is characterized by its smallness, vulnerability to external shocks, and isolation from international markets, even though we have rich soils and marine resources. Tonga has about 15,000 households, and more than 90% of the households are engaged one way or another on Food System Activities.  Therefore, the outcomes of the National Dialogue on Food System Summit stresses special developments on these production sectors and the processing sector to ensure:

1) food security and nutritious food; 

2) people are educated to understand how eating nutritious food helps minimize NCDs;

3) that Food System development is friendly to our Environment,

4) that Food System development will create employment and to assist the most vulnerability groups      in society – it should promote Equity; and

5) Tonga’s Food Systems are available at all times to minimise internal and external shocks”.

In conclusion, Lord Tu`ilakepaoutline Tonga’s response to food systems challenges:

“In order for Tonga’s Food System to successfully transform and to achieve Development Goals, we also need these as cross cutting across all the sectors;

1.  Access to financial resources to implement the transformation

2.  Technical assistance to review and update relevant policies and legislations

3.  Strong awareness program to educate the public and drive the transformation

4.  Develop and strengthen research and development in all these areas to make sure our endeavours are always up-to-date and reflect any change to lifestyle, environment, climate, etc.”

“I would also like to add that prior to the Global Food System Summit Dialogue in September, Tonga will complete its Action Plan by developing relevant Strategies and Activities”. 

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests hereby invite interested candidates within and outside the Public Service to apply for the following job vacancies:

Interested applicants are required to submit their applications together with the following supporting documents: Covering letter, Updated Curriculum Vitae and References, Certified certificates and academic transcript, valid police record and birth certificate. All applications are to be addressed to the A/CEO for Agriculture, Food and Forests, Office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests (MAFF), Ma’ufanga and to be received no later than 4:30PM, Monday 7th June,2021.

Public Service employees who wish to apply must submit their applications with endorsement of their respective Chief Executive Officers.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Should you require a copy of the Job description please contact the MAFF Office at telephone number :7401 – 101/ 7401-114 or email Mrs. Kalati M Hafoka: kalati.hafoka@mafff.gov.to or Mrs. Katinia Sole: katinia.sole@mafff.gov.to during working hours.

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests hereby invite interested candidates within and outside the Public Service to apply for the following job vacancies:Interested applicants are required to submit their applications together with the following supporting documents: Covering letter, Updated Curriculum Vitae and References, Certified certificates and academic transcript, valid police record and birth certificate.

All applications are to be addressed to the A/CEO for Agriculture, Food and Forests, Office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests (MAFF), Ma’ufanga and to be received no later than 4:30PM, Tuesday 25th May,2021.

Public Service employees who wish to apply must submit their applications with endorsement of their respective Chief Executive Officers.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Should you require a copy of the Job description please contact the MAFF Office at telephone number :7401 – 101/ 7401-115 or email Mrs. Kalati M Hafoka: kalati.hafoka@mafff.gov.to or Mrs.Katinia Sole: katinia.sole@mafff.gov.to during working hours.

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Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests (MAFF)

Nuku’alofa, Kingdom of Tonga

 9 April 2021

The following information is to correct any misinformation regarding the Ministry’s partnership with the Beijing Machinery Repair Company Limited (BMRCL).

  1. The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and its staff are not involved in any way in the partnership between MAFF and BMRCL.

MEDIA RELEASE ENDS

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests hereby invite interested candidates within and outside the Public Service to apply for the following job vacancies:

Interested applicants are required to submit their applications together with the following supporting documents: Covering letter, Updated Curriculum Vitae and References, Certified certificates and academic transcript, valid police record and birth certificate. All applications are to be addressed to the A/CEO for Agriculture, Food and Forests, Office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forests (MAFF), Ma’ufanga and to be received no later than 4:30PM, Monday 8th March,2021.

Public Service employees who wish to apply must submit their applications with endorsement of their respective Chief Executive Officers. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Should you require a copy of the Job description please contact the MAFF Office at telephone number :7401 – 101/ 7401-115 or email Mrs. Kalati M Hafoka: latimau@gmail.com or Mrs.Katinia Sole: ilaivahanitoni.sole@gmail.com during working hours.

World Food Day (WFD) 2020 and FAO’s 75th Anniversary commemorated in Tonga on 16 October, 2020.  This year, WFD events held at the Indoor Stadium at ‘Atele.  Guest of Honour was the Hon. Prime Minister, Rev Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa. 

The WFD theme this year calls to “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together”. The theme tagline “Our actions are our future” reinforce the call for action to overcome the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic through enhancing productivity and upgrading and diversifying production value chains.  

The WFD2020 theme and activities recognize the increased agricultural activities at community level by every districts of Tongatapu.  Similar agricultural activities occur in the outer islands, Vava’u, Ha’apai, ‘Eua and the Niuas.  Program of the WFD include pre-judge competitions that focus on self-sufficient activities at the seven districts of Tongatapu. This include household vegetable gardening, fruit tree planting, home-base poultry and layers.  Other pre-judge competition involves food businesses operations and Food Safety inspections.  The rest of the competition was on the WFD exhibitions and displays.  This engaged private sector food-related businesses and retailers, farmers, schools, exporters that involve in making sustainable food available and affordable.   

The theme emphasizes on the need to make sure that our food systems grow a variety of food to nourish growing population and sustain the world we are living, together.  The theme re-emphasizes the importance for Tonga to make food choices that improve both our health and that of our food systems.  The current engagement of private sectors, community groups, households and schools in vegetable gardening, poultry raising, fruit tree planting support healthy eating in order to reduce alarming rate of non-communicable diseases in Tonga.

The WFD exhibition featuring stakeholder, community groups, exporters, food vendors and food-related partnerships clearly indicated the status of food systems in Tonga.  Most exhibitions by community groups, food businesses, exporters and food vendors.  Both agriculture and fisheries exhibitions confirm the two main source to providing variety of food for sustainable and healthy Tonga.

Special performance by the Government Primary School of ‘Atele was the climax of the WFD.  Songs and poems composed for the WFD theme and costume parade on various food types assured that the WFD is reaching out to young generation. 

The commemoration of WFD each year calls for action. Despite the unprecedented circumstances of the WFD2020, Tonga can still take advantage of this important opportunity to featuring food and agricultural sector. 

PREVENTION OF THE PIG’S VIRUS AFRICAN SWINE FEVER(ASF)

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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.

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 ‘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.

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