Heavy rainfall

Watermelon warning: Tonga’s worrying wet weather harvest

But forecasters say more stable times are ahead in coming months. 

Kafoika Lautaimi exports watermelon and squash from Tonga. 

“In the beginning of the year there was hope to export more to overseas markets,” he says. 

“The first watermelon consignment was damaged because of too much rainfall.  

“The second wasn’t able to be exported so it remained in Tonga in the local markets. 

“We have markets available and reliable exporters but we cannot supply their needs because of weather conditions.”