Fijian Government to provide $250 cash to affected farmers

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Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Picture: SUPPLIED

The Fijian Government will provide $250 cash to all cyclone-affected farming households for land preparation, cultivation, and procurement of planting materials.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum their estimates showed they had 20,000 households that would qualify.

He said the Government had allocated $5million for this purpose.

He said recent flooding had been tough on farmers.

“Many of their fields have been inundated and their crops and livestock have been washed away. Our immediate priority is to help grow back better to feed families here in Fiji and strengthen our agricultural exports, all of which strengthens our farmer’s bottom line,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

The A-G said to apply for this assistance, one must be a full-time farmer, farms must be fall in the cyclone path of TC Cody, at least 30 per cent of crops or 10 per cent of livestock must have sustained damage.

He added that for all bilateral quarantine arrangements registered farmers, they would also provide seedling and fertiliser packages valued at $176.