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Vegetable farmers suffer loss

Repeka Nasiko
Sunday, February 02, 2014

VEGETABLE and crop damage was one of the major losses suffered in the Sigatoka agricultural region .

Nadroga district officer Peni Naqelevu said initial damage assessments revealed a number of vegetable farms were affected.

"We did not have a lot of structural damage apart from the roads but we did have a lot of damage to vegetable farms," he said.

"Right now, recovery efforts are ongoing and we will continue to assist people in returning to their homes while we work with other government departments with recovery."

Mr Naqelevu confirmed the east bank of the Sigatoka Valley Rd was open to traffic on Friday evening.

"Work has been progressing very well and we managed to reopen the east bank of the Valley road to traffic but for now, the west bank is still closed off."

He said evacuees have returned to their homes.

"We had quite a lot of people sheltered at Sigatoka District School and at Sigatoka Methodist School but now both schools are empty.

"People have returned to their homes and cleaning the two schools is now ongoing."

He added about 40 families from Semo Village were still being sheltered at the Nabau Community Hall.

Ministry of Agriculture deputy director Uraia Waibuta said teams from the ministry were assessing damage at farms and affected areas.

He said a report would be finalised after the assessment was completed.

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