PM declares help for Fijians

FIJIANS affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Josie and Severe Tropical Cyclone Keni can access funds from the Cyclone Assistance Relief Effort (CARE) Fiji fund.

The announcement made by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Nadi last night, is designed to assist Fijians who need to rehabilitate their homes and livelihood.

HomesCare funds between $1000 to $7000 is available for reconstruction and purchasing of lost items, depending on the extent of damage or loss.

Mr Bainimarama said funds would be made available for homes that were severely damaged and for those whose homes had not been damaged but had lost household items.

For agricultural and residential leaseholders on TLTB and state-owned land, Government will pay 12 months of lease payments.

“Sugarcane farmers will receive assistance in fertiliser and weedicide loss and also clearing of debris and drainage systems,” he said.

“For the non-sugar sector, Government will provide free seedlings and suckers and assistance in weedicide and fertiliser and clearing of debris and drains.

“Livestock farmers will receive free feed and replacement of fencing.”

He added Social Welfare recipients will receive double payment and free top-ups on their e-cards this month.

Other care packages include:

* E-transport card holders for social welfare recipients will receive a top-up of $50 while students on free e-transport cards will get a top-up of $25.

* Sugarcane farmers affected will receive two relief programs called the sugar cane care and the farms care program.

* The sugarcane care program allows farmers to access funds to rehabilitate their farms that were planted from November last year to this year.

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