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Seedlings For Devastated Communities

  About 43,000 fruit and vegetable seedlings have been made available by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union (EU). This is to assist with Government’s nationwide disaster relief
05 Mar 2016 08:30
Seedlings For Devastated Communities

 

About 43,000 fruit and vegetable seedlings have been made available by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union (EU).

This is to assist with Government’s nationwide disaster relief and recovery effort following Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The seedlings, including cabbage, tomatoes, eggplant, capsicum and papaya, are being provided by SPC-EU joint initiative, ‘Improvement of Key Services to Agriculture (IKSA)’ project.

The Lautoka-based initiative was established in 2013 to help alleviate poverty for the most vulnerable groups, mainly famers in the sugarcane areas.

“The project offers a practical rapid response to the food security needs of many citizens affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston,’’ EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs said.

Pacific Community director-general, Colin Tukuitonga added, “The provision of seedlings is one immediate way we can support the Ministry of Agriculture to address food security. We expect to make available a further 205,000 seedlings. It will include 1000 tissue cultured plantlets of sweet potato in the next six to seven weeks.”

Edited by Maikeli Seru

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