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Kumara survives the elements in Tonga after Gita

08 May 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Lisa Williams-Lahari -

The humble kumara has emerged as a staple crop maintaining Tonga's food security in the aftermath of Cyclone Gita.

Photo/ BV. 

The category four cyclone ravaged the Kingdom mid-February, causing millions in damage to the agriculture sector.

But taro, yams and especially sweet potato have been able to regrow quickly with the rains following Gita.

The head of Tonga's Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Pila Kami, says kumara has shown just how tough it can be.

"Sweet potato has performed well in the dry conditions and also performs well in the heavy winds because it's low-lying, right to the ground."

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