ABOUT 10 communal nurseries have been set up by the Department of Agriculture in some islands off Macuata to help villagers with their vegetable supply.
Villagers do not have to fork out extra money to visit the department for seedlings because of the availability of the nurseries in their own communities.
Principal agricultural officer northern John Cox said the nurseries were aimed at enhancing the maturity period of vegetable supply in villages.
He said the nurseries were proposed for areas that were badly affected by Tropical Cyclone Evan such as Druadrua, Kia, Mali and Kavewa.
"It takes about two weeks for the vegetable seedlings to be ready for transplant and villagers can visit the nurseries to plant it in their own farms," Mr Cox said.
"Apart from the distribution of vegetable seedlings, we have also set up nurseries that can accommodate vegetable supply in the villages. At least, the nurseries will help villagers save extra money because they don't have to travel to the department for the seedlings."
Mr Cox said vegetables included watermelons, eggplants, cabbage, cucumbers and beans to name a few.
"We are trying to restore the food security for these villages in the shortest time possible as most of their farms were badly destroyed. The nurseries will also be set up in Bua and Cakaudrove," he said.
Mr Cox said more than 500 families in Macuata and Bua had been assisted with vegetable seedlings and kumala cuttings.