UN HUNGER PROGRAM TO ASSIST TONGA

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Program to provide pigs, vegetable seedlings

NUKU΄ALOFA, Tonga (Radio Tonga News, Sept. 4, 2008) – The hike in prices of meat has heartened the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) to urgently make assistance to Tonga worth US$25,000.

It aims at ensuring that people who are less fortunate have access to healthy and better food.

[PIR editor’s note: The Food and Agricultural Organization, a United Nations program dedicated to easing world hunger, is based in Rome, Italy.]

FAO representative officer, Vaha'i Lui, in an interview says the assistance will arrive in October or November and will be used to import more than 200 cross bred pigs from New Zealand and about two tonnes of vegetable seedlings to be planted in the kingdom.

There will also be a special committee funded by the FAO to distribute the assistance.

In the meantime, Vaha'i says including in the assistance, are calves and sheep imported from Queensland, Australia to help cater for daily needs of meat and for Tonga to farm more sheep.

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