6 Jul 2017

Healthy eating stressed at Tonga Royal Show

3:56 pm on 6 July 2017

Tonga's annual Royal Agriculture Show is emphasising nutrition due to the ongoing health issues in the country.

The event promotes the agricultural and fisheries sector produce, working with farmers, fishermen and people from villages around Tonga.

The show started in Vava'u this week and will visit different parts of Tonga throughout July.

Chief executive of the Ministry for Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Dr Viliami Manu, said the yam crops continued to be an important part of the show and now that importance has included promotion of foods for healthier choices.

"We're looking into enforcing or developing or expanding the production of healthy foods in Tonga, but mostly for protein because we are importing quite an amount of frozen meat products from the overseas market. The health issues like diabetes, heart diseases emphasise the production and inclusion of vegetables and fruits in your diet."

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