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Weather Cost Agriculture $12 Million

More than 7000 farmers to be assisted Close to 7705 farmers have been affected by the recent Tropical Depression 04F., has cost. This has cost the Agriculture Ministry close to
21 Jan 2017 11:00
Weather Cost Agriculture $12 Million
Mukesh Maharaj holding the remains in his pumpkin farm yesterday at Koronivia. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua.

More than 7000 farmers to be assisted

Close to 7705 farmers have been affected by the recent Tropical Depression 04F., has cost.

This has cost the Agriculture Ministry close to $12 million.

This was confirmed by the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Agriculture, Jitendra Singh.

He said currently the Ministry was in the process of assisting all affected farmers.

“The Ministry knows who these farmers are and we are devising out strategies to deploy assistance to them,” Mr Singh said.

“Agriculture is unfortunately an area where there were a lot of risks involved.

“And the only thing the Ministry can is to mitigate this through the adaptation strategies that we use on the farms but also to respond to crisis like this.”

He said despite the aid that rolled out to the farmers post Tropical Cyclone Winston, bad weather conditions gave farmers a hard time.

Mr Singh said he was yet happy to announce that the requirements needed by farmers to fill their forms to collect seeds, were waved.

“All we need is contact requirement of farmers who are picking up seeds so that we do not have repeat requests for seeds.”

Further assistances to farmers from the Ministry includes agro input aids, chemical, fertilisers and also aid to remove debris in their work areas as a result of flooding.

“We will also assist in the land preparation as part of assistance programme,” Mr Singh added.

He has urged farmers to report to their nearest Agriculture offices on the damages so that they could be assisted soon.

EDITED BY: FARZANA NISHA

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