TC Winston

$208.3 million worth of damages for Agriculture sector

The total value of damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston to the Agriculture Sector is $208.3 million. In a statement released today the Ministry of Agriculture Acting Permanent Secretary, Uraia Waibuta said that the damage to the sector included crops, livestock and infrastructure, excluding the sugar sector. He added that the Northern Division suffered the most […]

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March 17, 2016 7:16 pm

The total value of damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston to the Agriculture Sector is $208.3 million.

In a statement released today the Ministry of Agriculture Acting Permanent Secretary, Uraia Waibuta said that the damage to the sector included crops, livestock and infrastructure, excluding the sugar sector. He added that the Northern Division suffered the most damage during TC Winston.

Bulk of the damage sustained was in the Northern Division with $93.8 million, whereas the Western division recorded $52.8 million, Central division $40.5million and $21.2million in the Eastern Division.

Waibuta said that Vanuabalavu, Lomaiviti, Cakaudrove, Bua, Tailevu North and Ra were identified as the most affected areas.

The Permanent Secretary also said that the interior parts of the Island were also affected, which include Naitasiri, Navosa and other surrounding areas in the Sigatoka Valley.

With Yaqona being one of the major commodities for local and export market and of high value, it suffered $116 million of damage.

The total value of standing crop of yaqona before the cyclone was $498.8 million but the total value of yaqona damaged is around $116 million.

All the yaqona in Koro Island and Taveuni was totally devastated and shortly there will be a drastic increase in price because bulk of the areas sending yaqona to the market has been affected which are Koro, Taveuni and part of Ra.

But we are thankful that Kadavu, Serua, Namosi, and part of Naitasiri and Tailevu are still able to supply some of the yaqona in the local market.

Dalo is the other major commodity that has been affected by the cyclone.

The total value of damage to taro (Dalo) was around $20 million. The exact figure is $17.9 million and bulk of that is in the Northern division in Taveuni, Cakaudrove main land and also part of Ra.

Permanent Secretary Waibuta added there are about $55million worth of Dalo that can be recovered and harvested for the local and export market after the cyclone from the areas of Central Tailevu, Tailevu South, Serua, Namosi, and lower Naitasiri.

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