TC Winston

Government to send seeds to farmers in cyclone affected areas

Seedlings, cuttings and suckers will soon be sent to the islands to help communities rebuild food security, the Minister for Agriculture and National Disaster Management Colonel Inia Seruiratu said today. Staff at the ministry are currently assessing the needs of farmers in areas destroyed by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. The Agriculture Ministry is already doing its […]

Staff Writers

February 24, 2016 4:07 pm

Seedlings, cuttings and suckers will soon be sent to the islands to help communities rebuild food security, the Minister for Agriculture and National Disaster Management Colonel Inia Seruiratu said today.

Staff at the ministry are currently assessing the needs of farmers in areas destroyed by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The Agriculture Ministry is already doing its assessments on the provision of planting materials.
Basically seeds and cuttings and suckers if they are available that is always the first line of assistance so that we can recover quickly in terms of our food security and then build up on the livelihoods of the people.

The Acting Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Uraia Waibuta said TC Winston had completely destroyed all root crops and vegetable supplies in the outer islands.

Waibuta said teams from the Ministry had already been sent to the Eastern Division to find out the agricultural support needed there.

Women sorting chillis at a Ministry of Agriculture event in 2015. Photo: Ministry of Agriculture
Women sorting chillis at a Ministry of Agriculture event in 2015. Photo: Ministry of Agriculture

Meanwhile, 1500 sugarcane farming families were affected by TC Winston and Colonel Seruiratu put at $83 million the value of crops, infrastructure and homes lost.

Felix Anthony, the General Secretary for Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union broke down the figure to explain that $10 million accounted for farmers houses, $10 million for infrastructure and $63 million in crops lost.

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