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Farmers Rejoice In Seedling Help

Farmers along the coast of Ra Province are thankful to Government in the distribution of seedlings to help replant crops damaged during Tropical Cyclone Winston. Farmers from 13 villages in
03 Mar 2016 12:39
Farmers Rejoice In Seedling Help
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with the residents of Naidrodro settlement in Ba yesterday. Photo: Kathrin Krishna

Farmers along the coast of Ra Province are thankful to Government in the distribution of seedlings to help replant crops damaged during Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Farmers from 13 villages in Ra – from Naocobau to Bureiwai in Nakorotubu were assisted yesterday.

Delai Yadua Village headman Samuela Sorova, 54, said: “In our village there was no plantation that survived the cyclone. We knew we would start from scratch.”

He said the assistance would boost them, especially of the 118 people in 25 households who are trying to rebuild their lives in Delai Yadua Village.

“We have finished with the clean-up and by Monday we expected the villagers to get together and start replanting our fields. We thank the Government for such assistance to help us start off.”

Diven Singh, 50, of Nabuna Settlement in Dawasamu in Tailevu said, “We hope to start with vegetable farming and after one month or two, we should be reaping produce for personal consumption.”

Simione Cakau, 32, of Verevere Village lost five acres of matured yaqona, dalo, cassava, and vegetables.

He said the seedlings would help them in the coming months.

“We have no means to sustain our families in coming days, but now we have some for the coming months.

“Though I will be losing about $200 – $300 a week from the damaged farm, I am content for no loss of life. Now it is rebuilding the phase,” he said.

Acting Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Uraia Waibuta said: “We know everyone is trying to rebuild and what the ministry is giving out is part of the Government assistance to all Fijians.”

He said the programme began in Nakorotubu after the visit of Assistance Minster for Agriculture Joeli Cawaki last Friday.

“We have done a lot of improving our lives individually; village wise, tikina, and provincial wise and we have lost all those hard labour of 20-30 years in just few hours. The Government needs everyone’s co-operation and we will return to those glory days before February 20,” Mr Waibuta said.

The villagers received 40 bags of Kumala seeds (contained 400 seedlings), coconut seed nuts, fencing materials, pig and poultry feeds and seeds for vegetables like English cabbage, cucumber,  watermelon, French and long bean.

 

 

Edited by Maikeli Seru.

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