Tonga’s agricultural minister Sangster Saulala told APEN of this development when asked to comment on an MP’s call for government to support Tongan growers efforts to access NZ retail produce market channels.
Recently a Tongan finance ministry delegation to NZ, including Tongan agricultural ministry officials, met NZ produce retail markets.
Tonga’s government will deal directly with exporters says Sangster Saulala.
Another budget will pay for another initiative – the recruitment of a Tongan trade representative in Auckland the agriculture minister said.
Tonga’s agricultural minister, Speaker and the MP, ‘Aisake Eke, made their comments on the produce export issue during breaks in the Pacific Parliament they and several other MPs are attending at Parliament in Wellington.
From Anthony Haas, at Asia Pacific Economic News Bureau at the Press Gallery in the New Zealand Parliament for the Pacific Parliamentary and Political Leaders Forum, 18-22 April 2013.