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Fiji's damage bill caused by Cyclone Winston

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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Fiji's damage bill caused by Cyclone Winston

Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston's impact on Fiji's agriculture sector and homes total over $409million. The agriculture sector incurred a loss of $208.3m while damage on homes was about $201m. The agriculture assessment is $82.32m more than the $US60m (approximately $F125.98m) estimated by the UN when it launched its 90-day flash appeal two weeks ago. Ministry of Agriculture permanent secretary Uraia Waibuta said the damage to the sector included crops, livestock and infrastructure, but excluding the sugar sector. The sugarcane industry incurred a loss of around $120m, $87m of which was estimated for crop damage and $12m for farmers' residences. Mr Waibuta said the Northern Division suffered the most damage and yaqona, being one of the major commodities for local and export markets and of high value, sustained $116m worth of damage. He said it would take three years for farmers to recover from their loss, complimenting the recovery period predicted by some farmers. "I lost about 8000 plants during the cyclone. Those included the ones that were ready for harvest and the newly-planted ones. It will take me three years to be able to harvest again," James Sami of Qila, Taveuni, said.

Source: fijitimes.com