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China aids Tonga in sourcing animal feed

The Governor of the Shaanxi Province in central China, Yuan Chunqing is currently in Tonga at the invitation of Tonga's Prime Minister Dr Feleti Sevele to explore the possibility of producing animal feed for Tongan livestock, including pigs, chicken and ducks.

Governor Chunqing told the Tongan Press that one important objective of their trip was to see how they could assist Tonga in processing their own animal feed by making it from local resources such as taro, sweet potato and tapioca.

"I personally believe your locally produced potato and taro can become very good animal feed that can be processed for local farms. And I feel confident in this cooperation and sincerely hope it will be successful in the future," he said.

The Governor said Shaanxi is a province strong in its livestock industry with a yearly yield of 10 million pigs. "We also have very good technology in the pig breeding farm and China's one and only agriculture high tech demonstration zone is located in the province.

"We had a very good discussion with the Prime Minister and when I go back to China I would send a small group of technicians to explore the way of how we can conduct the assistance in this field," he said.

Imported feed
Prime Minister Sevele told the visitors, "One of our problems is that we cannot produce our own animal feed so we tend to rely mainly on feed from overseas, this is evident in our poultry industry and their feed is mainly bought from New Zealand."

"Tonga spends over $20 million on the importation of meat products every year, if we can save half of that in terms of our foreign exchange we can put money back to the producers who are producing local meat so assistance in this area is a huge potential for Tonga," he added.

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