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Choosing a healthier lifestyle

Friday 8 January 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Health, National

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Choosing a healthier lifestyle
Tui Tango promoting local produce for healthy living. 21010603

This year has been declared the ‘International Year of Fruits and Vegetables’ by the United Nations General Assembly.

“Buy local produce and support local farmers.”

This is the message from Arorangi’s Tui Tango who spends most of her time selling fruits and vegetables near the Avatiu Harbour opposite CITC every week.

The year 2021 has been declared the ‘International Year of Fruits and Vegetables’ by the United Nations General Assembly.

For Tango, she says: “During this time, it is very important to farm and also support farmers. These are local produce, it’s cheaper for everyone, and good and healthy for us.”

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the important role of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, food security and health. They are also important in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the organisation adds.

In terms of capacity building and education, Food and Agriculture Organisation believes the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables will be a way to formulate and implement educational programmes like school gardens, healthy workplaces, to promote the benefits of fruits and vegetables’ production and consumption.

It hopes the theme will also empower stakeholders through knowledge-building and skills development in the production and post-harvest handling, processing, preparation, marketing and consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Tango and her partner are looking into spending more time farming this year as borders remain closed.

She says farming is her partner’s family business that began with his grandparents many years ago – they are now supporting this initiative.

Tango is at her stall from Monday to Thursday from 9am until 2pm.

Punanga Nui Market vendor Teremoana Napa’s advice for the people this year is: “Go back to the basics and eat healthy.”

She says people should practice the habit of eating healthy. Napa is at the Punanga Nui Market every Saturday selling fruits.

The Ministry of Agriculture had earlier said the impact of Covid-19 on food security differs from country-to-country – depending on population size, isolation of communities and access to farm inputs (seeds, fertilisers etc), access to markets and food outlets.

Secretary of Agriculture Temarama Anguna-Kamana said government last year assisted both the commercial and home gardeners with the provision of free seeds and seedlings of selected vegetable crops to Rarotonga and Pa Enua farmers.

She also said there had been a relative surplus supply of vegetables on Rarotonga and the Pa Enua.

The ministry would continue to support Cook Islands farming community to ensure there is a sustainable food supply in the country during a pandemic or natural event.