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Hundreds Of Farmers Sign Up For Government’s CARE

They were affected by the recent Tropical Cyclones Keni and Josie   Hundreds of farmers braved the hot sun outside the agriculture office in Nadi yesterday to submit their applications
11 May 2018 10:00
Hundreds Of Farmers Sign  Up For Government’s CARE
Large number of people gathered outside Ratu Cakobau House in Nausori to apply for Farm care assistance by Ministry of Agriculture on May 9, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

They were affected by the recent Tropical Cyclones Keni and Josie

 

Hundreds of farmers braved the hot sun outside the agriculture office in Nadi yesterday to submit their applications for the Farms CARE Assistance.

The assistance is an initiative from Government to assist farmers who were affected by the recent Tropical Cyclone Keni and Tropical Cyclone Josie.

The natural disasters left hundreds of people within the Western Division homeless and with destroyed farms.

Among the applicants was 70-year-old, Shiu Ram of Nalovo in Nadi, who had worked for the Ministry of Agriculture for more than 40 years and has retired.

Agricultural officers based at a tent just outside the Department of Agriculture office served applicants.

“I had a one-acre farm where I planted vegetables like egg plants, beans and cabbages for my family and the rest were sold in the market. They were all destroyed during the cyclone. The cost of damage was around $800,” Mr Ram said.

“For decades I’ve worked with the previous governments. We didn’t get such assistance, but at that time I had my farm in Sigatoka. We want to thank this Government for thinking about us.

“I’ve been here since morning and farmers have been coming in large numbers to submit their applications,” he added.

Meanwhile, a large crowd also gathered outside Ratu Cakobau House in Nausori to apply for the same assistance.  Edited by Percy Kean

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