June 2017

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PIFON 2017 Newsletter #2 now available


PIFON Newsletter 11th edition

We are at the half year mark of 2017 and are delighted to present our 2nd quarterly newsletter (Issue 11) covering the following highlights and others:

  • PIFON to host Fiji Farmers Forum
  • PIFON supported farmer-farmer exchange bears fruit for Tonga export industry
  • PIFON partners with CTA in strengthening Value Chain analysis in the Pacific
  • PNG WiA promotes solar powered agro-processor machines

You may download a copy here.

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Growers Federation of Tonga plays key role in policy awareness and advocacy


GroFed is involved in policy awareness and advocacy for its smallholder farmers in Tonga

GroFed is playing a key role in creating awareness on the proposed ‘Water Bill’ in Tonga for its smallholder farmers. As the coordinator of the Agricultural Sector Growth Committee, GroFed has also coordinated with other actors in the agricultural industry to advocate Tongan legislators to reconsider the bill in its current form. If the bill is passed, growers who have invested in water supply in their own farm property will lose their rights to own and take water from their water source. This bill has been deferred by Parliament in 2016 for further public consultations.

GroFed is also actively involved in pushing for investment in farm irrigation for smallholder farmers in Tonga. Currently around 80% of farmers in Tonga are reliant solely on rain water for irrigation and GroFed feels that there is much more to be done to improve access to irrigation which will improve the quality of produce and help farmers to mitigate against natural disasters such as drought. On this issue, GroFed is working as a key member of the taskforce for agricultural irrigation which has been recently established.

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