An island kingdom where agriculture, food & forestry contribute significantly to better health and livelihood for all, in an economically, socially & environmentally sustainable manner.

Mission statement

To facilitate sustainable developments of the agricultural sector through effective and efficient services to strengthen stakeholders’ capacity.


  • Commitment.
  • Honesty.
  • Integrity.
  • Accountability.
  • Transparency.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries (MAFFF) operates six offices throughout the main islands of the Kingdom. The presence of MAFFF’s offices in all the main islands of Tonga justifies the importance of agriculture sector for the livelihood of all the people of Tonga.
The Head Office of the Ministry is located at Nuku’alofa. The Ministry’s offices in Tongatapu are widely dispersed in distant locations which limit the smooth, effective and efficient operation of the ministry. The Corporate Services Division (CSD), Food Division and Quarantine and Quality Management Division.(QQMD) are located at Queen Salote Wharf at Ma’ufanga; Forestry and Livestock Divisions at Tokomololo; Extension, Women Development and Information Division at Central Nuku’alofa; and Research and Information Division at Vaini. MAFF also has offices in the Vava’u, Ha’apai, Niuatoputapu, Niuafo’ou and ‘Eua. The responsibilities, outcome and outputs of all Divisions are discussed in the development programmes and planning template.

The Ministry’s role and functions are mandated under the authority of constitution, laws, cabinet, parliament and international agreements. MAFFF also has the authority to perform its functions under the purviews of the following Acts and Legislations:
  • Agricultural Commodities Export Act (1) 2002
  • – Fruit Export (Buttercup Squash) (Amendment) Regulations 1994
    – Fruit Export (Buttercup Squash) Regulations 1993
    – Fruit Export (Vanilla) Regulations 1993

  • Animal Disease Act (1) 1979
  • – Animal Diseases ((Amendment) Act 2002
    – Amendments (Privy Council) Act 2012

  • Birds and Fish Preservation Act (1) 1915
  • – Birds and Fish Preservation (Amendment) Act 1989

  • Copra Act (1) 1926
  • – Miscellaneous Amendments (Privy Council) Act 2010

  • Forests Act (1) 1961
  • – Miscellaneous Amendments (Privy Council) Act 2010
    – Forest Produce Regulations [1]

  • Markets Act [1] 1976
  • – Market Act Notice No 1 1995 [1]
    – Market Act Notice No 2 1995 [1]
    – Market Regulations [1] 1971
    – Talamahu Market Regulations 1995 [1]

  • Noxious Weeds Act (1) 1917
  • – amended by… Miscellaneous Amendments (Privy Council) Act 2010
    – Proclamation of Noxious Weeds [1] 1926

  • Pesticides Act (1) 2002
  • Plant Quarantine Act (1) 1982
  • – Miscellaneous Amendments (Privy Council) Act 2010
    – Plant Quarantine (Amendment) Act 1995
    – Plant Quarantine (Amendment) Act 2009
    – Diseases of Plants Regulations [1] 1964
    – Plant Quarantine Regulations 1995
    – Infested Areas Declarations [1]
    – Plant Quarantine (Fees) Regulation 1997 [1]
    – Plant Quarantine (Squash and Vanilla) (Fees) Regulations 1992 [1]
    – Plant Quarantine Regulations 1995 [1]
    – Prescribed Treatment for Bunchy Top [1] 1968

  • Pounds and Animals Act [1] 1918
  • – amended by… Miscellaneous Amendments (Privy Council) Act 2010
    – amended by… Pounds and Animals (Amendment) Act 1989
    – Pounds Establishment Notice [1]

  • Rhinoceros Beetle Act [1] 1912
  • – amended by… Miscellaneous Amendments (Privy Council) Act 2010

Given the diverse nature of MAFFF mandated roles and functions, the main purpose of the Ministry include;
  • Provides policy advice to the Tongan Government:
  • – on how to help our agriculture sector remains competitive, productive and sustainable into the future

    – on how best to achieve social, economic and environmental benefits from the use of our limited land and water resources

  • Provide policy advice to the Hon. Minister
  • Administers government programs and legislation that support these objectives, including the collection of levies for QQMD services, Livestock Division veterinary clinic services and Food Division services
  • Regulates:
  • – the import of food and other goods to ensure that Tonga is safeguarded against exotic animal and plant pests and diseases
    – the export of agriculture and forest products to meet importing country requirements.

  • Office of the Minister
  • Office of the CEO
  • Corporate service division (CSD)
  • Extension, women development and iinformation division (EWID)
  • Quarantine and quality management division (QQMD)
  • Research & development division
  • Forestry division
  • Livestock division
  • Food division

The core business of MAFFF is to provide efficient service to public while our outputs are depended on the amount of resources government allocates to us in a year. The ministry recognizes its obligation in playing leadership role in the sector through making better decision in setting clear priorities to deliver core outputs first considering its limited resources. Ministry’s main customers including;
  • Cabinets, Parliament and Line Government Ministries
  • Producers of agriculture products (farmers/processors)
  • Consumer of agriculture products
  • Exporters, importers and processors of agriculture products
  • Private sector, institutions and NGOs
  • Communities and general public

  • Agriculture national level leadership
  • Agriculture advisory
  • Agriculture Policy direction

  • Agriculture legislation
  • Extension services
  • Quarantine services
  • Veterinary services
  • Plant Pathology services
  • Chemical analysis services
  • Food safety services
  • Forest management

  • National Agriculture Growth Committee
  • National Livestock Council
  • Tongatapu Vanilla Growers Association
  • Eastern District United Planters Council
  • National Growers Council
  • National Food Council
  • Pesticide Registration Committee
  • Scientific Sub-Committee
  • National Codex Committee – Food standards (Act)
  • Market Authority (Tongatapu)
  • Market Authority (Vava’u)
  • Market Authority (Ha’apai)

  • National Agriculture Sector Plan
  • Agriculture census and statistics
  • National Forest Policy
  • Code of harvesting Practice for the ‘Eua Forestry Plantations 2009
  • Code of practice for the sustainable management of the forests and Tree resources of Tonga 2010
  • Crops Compensation
  • Kitchen Policy
  • Kitchen rules
  • Sandalwood policy