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Agriculture assistance for 500 affected families

Salaseini Moceiwai
Friday, January 25, 2013

THE Department of Agriculture has so far assisted about 500 families in the north with vegetable seeds and kumala cuttings.

Principal agricultural officer northern John Cox said these families were assisted because their farms were badly damaged by Cyclone Evan.

He said the initiative was aimed at restoring food security for victims in the shortest time possible.

"Most of the families we have assisted are from the outer islands of Vanua Levu and depend mostly on crops for their livelihood," Mr Cox said.

"After our initial survey assessment, we found out that these areas needed urgent assistance to their farms, so their food security was restored.

"The areas included Mali, Kia, Druadrua, Tavea, Yadua and Yaqaga in Bua."

Mr Cox said the department had prioritised the worst affected areas before assisting farmers in peri-urban areas whose farms were partly damaged by the cyclone.

"After assisting farmers in the worst affected areas, we will extend our helping hand to others whose farms were partly damaged.

"This is an ongoing program and we will continue to distribute the cuttings and seeds until farmers restore their food security."

It was earlier reported that farmers who depended on vegetables, root crops and yaqona for their children's education who had their farms ravaged by the cyclone could be assisted by Fiji National Provident Fund under its education assistance scheme.