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Call for more seedlings

Maciu Malo
Friday, February 22, 2013

SIGATOKA farmer Rakesh Rao says more seedlings are needed to help farmer recover from the damage caused by last year's natural disasters.

He said most of the crops and vegetables were destroyed and he was in desperate need of assistance.

Mr Rao said the problem was likely to affect his income especially with the ban on the export of eggplants.

"At the moment only the eggplant is ready for harvest but we don't have the overseas market to sell our produce," he said.

"I also planted bhindi and bean but at the same time I need more seedlings to increase my farm productivity.

"I am taking each day as it comes and with the help of my fellow farmers, I have managed to slowly recover from the losses incurred after the disasters. My main need is seedlings," he said.

Agriculture Ministry deputy secretary Uraia Waibuta said seedling distribution began in the Sigatoka Valley last week.

"We have started distributing seeds from our nursery and we have also started supplying seeds to farmers this week," he said. "The ministry is doing its best in assisting these farmers recover from the impact of the disasters that damaged their farms."