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Farmer Sheds Tears Of Joy Meeting PM

Balata farmer in Rakiraki, Anup Prakash yesterday wept openly when he met with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at his home. He hugged the Prime Minister and thanked him for his
26 Feb 2016 11:31
Farmer Sheds Tears Of Joy Meeting PM
Anup Prakash (right), in tears explaining his experience after TC Winston. Photo: Roneel Karthik

Balata farmer in Rakiraki, Anup Prakash yesterday wept openly when he met with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at his home.

He hugged the Prime Minister and thanked him for his visit.

“You are a very good Prime Minister and you came to us when we needed help,” he said.

He said they were not expecting him and said – “You are our Saviour.”

This same sentiment was echoed by all other farmers in the area. Balata community was one of the worst hit areas when Cyclone Winston struck the Ra coast.

Mr Anup said he had some food but the relief supply handed to him by the Prime Minister was a real blessing to the family.

Their seven-and-half acre sugar cane farm was totally destroyed.

Mr Bainimarama told him that he was bringing his carton of food ration donated by Vodafone Fiji (ATH) Foundation.

Mr Prakash told the Prime Minister when his house was damaged; he took his family to a junk car and slept there for the night.

Suruj Wati, 55, said she had never seen such a very helpful Prime Minister.

Harjun Singh said Mr Bainimarama “is Prime Minister for the people.”

2014 Vegetable farmer of the Year, Kamlesh Narayan, said they were lucky to be visited by a caring Prime Minister.

Ashok Kumar Singh said the PM’s Minister’s visit was a real blessing to them.

Mr Bainimarama told the Fiji Sun that the Balata farming community always missed out in relief food supplies in previous cyclones. Past governments, he said, usually concentrated on villages and settlements.

After his briefing by the Kelepi Kubunameca, the Provincial Administrator (PA) Ra, Mr Bainimarama visited Drauniivi village where he met 90-year-old Salesia Buka.

Mrs Buka said the strongest hurricane she had experienced was in 1926, but Tropical Cyclone Winston was even stronger.

She said the 1926 hurricane was on a Monday.

Mrs Buka thanked the Prime Minister for the food rations .

Draunivivi chief Ratu Marika Rasudra thanked Mr Bainimarama for the food rations.

 

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