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Fiji Rice Limited Sustained $350k Loss During TC Yasa/Ana

Fiji Rice Limited (FRL) has incurred around $350,000 loss in the Northern Division. This was in light of the recent two Tropical Cyclones Yasa and Ana. Fiji Rice general manager
11 Feb 2021 10:17
Fiji Rice Limited Sustained $350k Loss During TC Yasa/Ana
Rice Farms flooded in Dreketi during Tropical Cyclone Ana on February 1, 2021.

Fiji Rice Limited (FRL) has incurred around $350,000 loss in the Northern Division.

This was in light of the recent two Tropical Cyclones Yasa and Ana.

Fiji Rice general manager Ashrit Pratap said the mill at Dreketi, Macuata Province sustained damages around $250,000 caused during TC Yasa on December 17, 2020.

During TC Ana on January 31, 2021 he said the flooding damaged almost all their farms and the estimated cost was around $100,000.

 

Details of Damages
Mr Pratap said during TC Yasa two silos were damaged, mill and warehouse building roofing while staff quarters got minor damages.

“Rice is mostly planted in November and December for the main season,” he said.

“Farmers who delayed the planting prepared the land but due to flooding they now have to redo the ploughing.”

For the company’s farm projects, he said almost 100 acres for land was prepared for planting so now they have to redo the land preparation.

“Looking at Dreketi Irrigation almost all farms were flooded,” he said.

“For farms the cost of land preparation per acre was around $400.”

“Hence, the Dreketi irrigation (250 acres) would be around $100,000 (estimate).”TC Ana,

“We estimated 30 percent of the paddy (84 tons) stored in the silo was wet,” he said.

“We manage to dry as much as possible but most of it will be discarded during the milling process.”

He revealed that about one hundred farmers in Dreketi irrigation are affected.

 

Recovery Plan
Mr Pratap said FRL has set a $150,000.00 budget to subsidise farm preparation for planting.

“Private tractors are arranged by the Ministry of Agriculture where farmers will pay $15 per hour while FRL will pay $35 per hour,” he said.

“This programme started from December 28, 2020 and will carry on till ten weeks or until the budget is fully utilised.”

 

Advice
He said rice was a short term crop and you can get quick returns in four months’ time.

“My advice to farmers is to take advantage of weather and subsidies provided, plant as much as possible,” he said.

“We request for farmers to contact our office if you need any information regarding rice farming, logistics and market.”

 

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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