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Monday, 21 March 2016

Non-Sugar Farmers Assess Cyclone Impacts

The Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC) had the opportunity last week to listen to registered commodity farmer members on the challenges Tropical Cyclone Winston imposed on their respective commodities. The Farmers’ National Committee Association – Planning Workshop that was held in Suva turned into a needs assessment for the heads of national commodity associations and member farmers. (...) Impact levels varied according to the geographical areas that were thumped by Cyclone Winston. Non-sugar commodities dalo, yaqona, cocoa, ginger, coconuts, grazing livestock (sheep, goats, beef), and beekeepers are situated in zones badly affected by the cyclone. (...) Affected farmers highlighted the need to repair or newly build farm structures, source seeds and animals to replenish lost crop and livestock, and fertilisers. FCLC received last week a donation of $140,000 Fijian dollars from its New Caledonian counterpart, Chambre d’agriculture de Nouvelle-Calédonie (Chamber of Agriculture) to assist the Council’s relief efforts. While the Council continues to work closely with the Fiji Government, assistance from the European Union and the International Trade Centre has enabled the Cabinet-endorsed agriculture organisation to execute its programmes.

Source: scoop.co.nz